Islamabad, December 19, 2014
According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 72% Pakistanis said that men are responsible for house construction and buying property in their household; 8% said women are responsible.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “I will read out to you a list of different actions. In some households, in different parts of the country, men do these chores while in others women do. In your household who usually carries out these chores?” Regarding constructing houses and buying property, 72% respondents said the men in their household do this, 8% said the women do this, 19% said the husband and wife do this chore together and 1% said the servants do this.
This question was also asked in 1983 and the results can be interpreted as a reflection of the changes that may have taken place in Pakistani society over the years. In 1983, 89% respondents said the men in their household did this, 1% said the women did this, 1% said the husband and wife did this chore together and 9% did not respond. Women’s involvement in major household decisions seems to have improved in 2014 with 8% respondents saying women from their household were responsible for buying property and house construction, as opposed to only 1% in 1983. Men’s sole responsibility for these chores has also fallen from 89% in 1983 to 72% in 2014, although they are still in the majority.
Question: “I will read out to you a list of different actions. In some households, in different parts of the country, men do these chores while in others women do. In your household who usually carries out these chores?”
a. Constructing house/Buying property
Source: GRF Poll
Field work conducted by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association
The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2562 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during November 24 – December 1, 2014. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.