Is gender equality not achievable in Greece?

The stereotypical model of the man earning money while the woman keeps house still predominates in Greece, as the last Eurobarometer shows.

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Why this story matters:

For Greece, gender equality does not seem to be an important core value, at least not as much as the family and the role of women in it. The most recent Eurobarometer shows that the Greeks strongly believe that the most important role of a woman is to take care of her home and family and that the man’s role is to earn money.

The majority (69%) of the respondents believe that the most important role for a woman is to take care of her home and family and that a man’s main role is to earn money (65%), perceptions that are in a completely different direction from those of the citizens of the Western Europe, since almost all of these countries are below the average of 44%. 

Additionally, women not only spend more time than men on housework and caring activities -- 73% of all the respondents believe so -– but (according to 77% of Greeks respondents) they also tend to be overly emotional and make decisions based on their emotions. 

There is a phrase in Greek, translated as "We have become Sweden", used to make fun of the alleged loose morals of the citizens of Scandinavian countries. But only 11% of those "depraved" Scandinavians believe that a woman's main role is to take care of the home.

So instead of reproducing a groundless stereotype, the Greeks -- both men and women -- should be inspired by the Scandinavians and the citizens of the rest of the Western Europe, in order to finally achieved the coveted gender equality in every level.

Details from the story:

  • 48% of respondents think gender equality has not been achieved at work as well as the majority (52%) think that there’s still inequality in leadership positions in companies and other organizations.
  • More than half of all men (55%) think gender equality has been achieved at work, compared to 42% of women. Men are also more likely to say it has definitely been achieved (14% vs 8% of women).
  • Half of all men think equality has been achieved in leadership positions compared to 37% of women. In fact, almost one woman in five says this has not been achieved.
  • Almost six in ten men (57%) think gender equality has been achieved in politics, with 15% saying it definitely has. This is compared to 9% of women who think it has definitely been achieved and 45% overall.
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