Sur­vey: MeToo en­cour­ag­ing for young Cana­dian fe­males, but gaps per­sist

Times Colonist - - Life - COLIN PERKEL

TORONTO — A ma­jor­ity of Cana­dian girls and young women have found the MeToo move­ment heart­en­ing when it comes to the prospects of in­creased gen­der equal­ity, but feel they still face dis­crim­i­na­tion, a new sur­vey sug­gests.

The on­line poll of just over 1,000 fe­males ages 14 to 24 also finds about one-third of re­spon­dents said they feel less equal than their male coun­ter­parts and have fewer op­por­tu­ni­ties to lead.

Plan In­ter­na­tional Canada, part of a group fo­cused on ad­vanc­ing girls’ rights and equal­ity around the world, com­mis­sioned the Nanos sur­vey in part to gauge the state of gen­der equal­ity.

The sur­vey looked at the ef­fect of the MeToo move­ment, which was sparked by the down­fall last year of Har­vey We­in­stein, the Hol­ly­wood mogul whose al­leged abuse of women over decades led to an in­ter­na­tional back­lash over per­va­sive sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

Ac­cord­ing the poll, 28 per cent of Cana­dian girls and young woman said MeToo had made them hope­ful about gen­der equal­ity in the fu­ture and an­other 40 per cent were some­what hope­ful. Only 11 per cent said they were left some­what or to­tally pes­simistic.

Asked what MeToo means to them, re­spon­dents cited sup­port for vic­tims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and aware­ness to end such bul­ly­ing.

More trou­bling was the in­di­ca­tion from the sur­vey that two in three of those asked said they had a friend who had been sex­u­ally ha­rassed and that fewer than two in 10 said they felt com­pletely safe in pub­lic spa­ces. Still, most said they do feel safe or some­what safe when out it in pub­lic.

When it comes to gen­der-based dis­crim­i­na­tion, seven in 10 fe­males said they had bumped up against the is­sue, even though more than half said they be­lieved they had the same op­por­tu­ni­ties to lead.

In other find­ings: • More than 60 per cent feel an affin­ity with the fem­i­nist move­ment, while 25 per cent do not feel that way. • Most say they are more or less op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of gen­der equal­ity at home and abroad. • Girls 18 to 24 re­ported lower lev­els of per­ceived gen­der equal­ity and higher lev­els of dis­crim­i­na­tion than their younger coun­ter­parts. • About one-third re­ported feel­ing oc­ca­sion­ally dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause of their gen­der; the same per­cent­age said they rarely felt that way. • About one in five said they never felt they were dis­crim­i­nated against.

The poll also in­di­cates that about 37 per cent of Cana­dian women feel pres­sure to have a suc­cess­ful ca­reer, while just eight per cent re­port pres­sure to get mar­ried or have kids. About 30 per cent re­port pres­sure to do it all: have a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as well as get mar­ried and have chil­dren.

The polling in­dus­try’s pro­fes­sional body, the Mar­ket­ing Re­search and In­tel­li­gence As­so­ci­a­tion, says on­line sur­veys can­not be as­signed a mar­gin of er­ror be­cause they do not ran­domly sam­ple the pop­u­la­tion.

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