Malaysia scores highest, but gender survey finds tough for women in developing nations

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Among the developing countries, Malaysia scores highest in the survey by Mastercard which asked 8,700 people if they thought gender equality would become worse, remain the same or get better in the future. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 16, 2015.

People in Asia’s developing countries believe the next generation of women will face a tough time combating gender inequality, according to a survey released on Friday.

The survey across Asia by credit card company Mastercard asked 8,700 people if they thought gender equality would become worse, remain the same or get better in the future.

Poorer countries, such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar were most pessimistic about advances in women’s equality, while respondents in richer nations such Australia and Singapore expected progress.

The “next generation well-being” index, based on the survey of 17 developed and emerging market countries, used a scale with 0 being completely negative, 50 neutral and 100 maximum positive. Read more