Most Pakistanis support women taking part in sports: Gallup poll

According to the poll result, 64% Pakistani think women should take part in sports.

June 08, 2011

A majority of Pakistani people support women participating in sports, revealed a recent Gilani Poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan.

In a survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question:
“In your opinion should Pakistani women take part in sports or not?”

According to the poll result, 64% Pakistani think women should take part in sports while 35% think that Pakistani women should not participate in sports. One per cent did not respond.

However, when asked whether women should be sent abroad to participate in international sporting events, 55% of the surveyed people were against it.

The survey was carried out among a sample of 2713 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during March 2011.

Error margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.


Khalid Rahim | 10 years ago | Reply Women taking part in sports will help develop postive traits in men's character. They will begin to adjust to the fact that women are human too and can outsmart and outplay those bigots who cannot see their own toes.
Rao Amjad Ali | 10 years ago | Reply In large swathes across Pakistan, to name just a few, women workers participate in such labor intensive areas as domestic dairy, crop sowing and cutting, construction, handicrafts, and carpet weaving. And women continue to be represented in increasing numbers in urban workforce as well, especially in the service industry. Admittedly, an influential right wing minority is opposed to women participation in mainstream of Pakistani life, luckily though its nuisance value is significantly diluted by historical cultural practices, economic necessity and free media. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand the results of Gilani/Gallup poll. In any event, all Pakistanis should wholeheartedly support women participation in a range of sports so that they can demonstrate their talents at regional and international competitions, following the tradition of our sprint hero, women cricket team and scores of school, college and university students.
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