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Traditional desire for a son is fading away, survey finds

Staff Writer, with CNA

Nearly three-quarters of respondents to a recent survey on gender equality do not agree with the idea that a family should have at least one son to carry on the ancestral line, the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission said yesterday.

The survey found that 72 percent of respondents rejected the traditional mindset of the need to have a son.

It also found that 60 percent do not agree that “the responsibility of a man is to make money, while the responsibility of a woman is to take care of the family and members of the extended family.”

Nearly 77 percent also rejected the idea that “the husband is the master of the family and the wife should listen to the husband as much as possible,” while 87 percent said men and women should divide household chores equally.

Overall, 54 percent said the status of men is higher than women in society, compared with 33 percent who said they have equal status and only 7.4 percent who said the status of women is higher than that of men.

Nonetheless, 77 percent of those polled said the current working environment has achieved gender equality.

The majority of those who responded to the survey said that they had not encountered any sexual harassment in their place of work.

Nearly 98 percent said they had not encountered “physical” sexual harassment and nearly 94 percent said that they had not faced “verbal” harassment over the past year.

About 72 percent also said they knew to call 113 for assistance if they encountered domestic violence or sexual assaults.

The survey was conducted on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2. A total of 1,102 valid samples were collected, and the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.95 percentage points.

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