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Gender stereotyping in SA deepening - study

The study found that 40% of adults interviewed agreed to a statement that women should be kept in their place.

FILE: A woman carries her pots and cooking utensils to market. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - As the country marks National Women's Day, a recent study on rape and equality shows that gender stereotyping in South Africa is deepening.

The study, by marketing research group Ipsos, found 40 percent of adults interviewed agreed to a statement that women should be kept in their place, compared to 38% last year.

It has also highlighted that South Africans have lost confidence in government's ability to deal with gender-based violence.

Almost a third of South Africans believe the woman's place is in the home. They also believe women should not be offered equal job opportunities with men.

"We asked the respondent when jobs are scarce men should have more rights to jobs than women. And again we see that 30% of South Africans believe that this is true," the study said.

The research has found that although men feel more strongly about women's apparent inferiority in a lot of cases, women themselves do not believe in their own abilities.

"We find that in South Africa, 25% of the population still believe that a boy has more rights to education than a girl."

The study was conducted in more than 3,800 male and female respondents from the age of 15.