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Survey on Gender Equality at Home Report

Facebook’s Survey on Gender Equality at Home Report, based on the Survey on Gender Equality at Home, is an ongoing research collaboration by Facebook, the World Bank, UN Women, Equal Measures 2030, and Ladysmith. The survey was conducted in July 2020 to capture household gender dynamics during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it reached a statistically representative sample of roughly half a million people who use Facebook. This resulting report and accompanying regional briefs offer a global snapshot of life at home, directly from the voices of Facebook users around the world. These insights can complement conventional inputs to help researchers, NGOs, global development institutions, and gender equality advocates track trends in gender equality and UN Sustainable Development Goals progress over time. Regional-level statistics for the Survey on Gender Equality at Home can be downloaded on HDX. If you’re interested in becoming a Survey on Gender Equality research partner and accessing record level data, please email gendersurvey@fb.com.

 

Full Report

Too often, data generated by and about women and girls is unreliable, outdated, or missing. Imperfect information causes gaps in knowledge and decision-making, which exacerbates gender gaps in everything from education and health care to employment. As COVID-19 turns many aspects of life upside down, gender data is needed to make sure response and recovery efforts benefit everyone – and development experts have told us it’s been a challenge to collect that data during lockdown. Facebook’s inaugural Survey on Gender Equality at Home helps bridge gender data gaps that we know exist today. The survey was conducted in July 2020 to capture household gender dynamics during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it reached a statistically representative sample of roughly half a million people who use Facebook. Respondents span seven regions of the world, covering 208 countries, territories, and islands in 80 languages. This report summarizes the survey’s findings. Some are novel; others reaffirm conventional wisdom about gender equality. As the first of a series of surveys to be run annually, the report uses alternative data sources to complement conventional inputs to help researchers, NGOs, global development institutions, and gender equality advocates track trends in gender equality.

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One-Pager

This resource is part of Project 17’s effort to increase adoption of the survey data through a partnership approach to accelerating progress on the SDGs. Facebook is firmly rooted in the belief that partnerships with international institutions, NGOs, researchers, and other impact-driven groups are key to unlocking the progress and innovation that’s needed to achieve the SDGs. This one-pager provides a quick overview of the survey to share with others. 

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North America Regional Brief

This regional brief shares findings from North America, describing aggregate patterns in survey responses from the region which includes Bermuda, Canada, and the United States of America. The findings presented are based on responses from 6,002 individuals, including 3,489 who identified as female and 2,513 who identified as male. This brief does not seek to describe the region as a whole. Rather, results are calibrated to the online population in the region. Note that as of 2017, about 88% of the total North America population was using the internet. This population tends to be younger (62% between the age of 18 and 54), more urban (56% live in the city), and better educated (71% more than secondary education) than the general population. While this limits the generalizability of the findings, the picture that emerges provides important insights into gender differences for the region. 

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Middle East and North Africa Regional Brief

This regional brief shares findings from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), describing aggregate patterns in survey responses from 18 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates. The findings presented are based primarily on responses from 38,648 individuals, including 17,586 who identified as female and 21,062 who identified as male. This brief does not seek to describe the region as a whole. Rather, results are calibrated to the online population in the region. Note that as of 2017, only about 56% of the total MENA population was using the internet. This population tends to be younger (83% between the age of 18 and 54 years old), more urban (69% live in the city), and better educated (62% more than secondary education) than the general population. While this limits the generalizability of the findings, the picture that emerges provides important insights into gender differences for the region.

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South Asia Regional Brief

This regional brief shares findings from South Asia, describing aggregate patterns in survey responses from 7 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan. The findings presented are based primarily on responses from 14,158 individuals, including 6,017 who identified as female and 8,141 who identified as male. This brief does not seek to describe the region as a whole. Rather, results are calibrated to the online population in the region. Note that as of 2017, only about 30% of the total South Asia population was using the internet. This population tends to be younger (88% between 18 and 54 years old), more urban (63% live in the city), and better educated (83% with more than secondary education) than the general population. While this limits the generalizability of the findings, the picture that emerges provides important insights into gender differences for the region.

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Europe and Central Asia Regional Brief

This regional brief shares findings from Europe and Central Asia describing aggregate patterns in survey responses from 56 countries in the region. The findings presented are based primarily on responses from 96,685 individuals, including 52,038 who identified as female and 44,647 who identified as male. This brief does not seek to describe the region as a whole. Rather, results are calibrated to the online population in the region. Note that as of 2017, about 75% of the total Europe and Central Asia population was using the internet. This population tends to be younger (85% between 18 and 54 years old), more urban (60% live in the city), and better educated (69% more than secondary education) than the general population. While this limits the generalizability of the findings, the picture that emerges provides important insights into gender differences for the region.Countries, territories and islands represented in the report include: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San, Marin, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan

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East Asia and Pacific Regional Brief

This regional brief shares findings from East Asia and Pacific, describing aggregate patterns in survey responses from 37 countries and islands. The findings presented are based primarily on responses from 39,773 individuals, including 19,630 who identified as female and 20,143 who identified as male. This brief does not seek to describe the region as a whole. Rather, results are calibrated to the online population in the region. Note that as of 2017, only about 55% of the total East Asia and Pacific population was using the internet. This population tends to be younger (78% between the age of 18 and 54 years old), more suburban and rural (only 44% from the city), and better educated (59% more than secondary education) than the general population. While this limits the generalizability of the findings, the picture that emerges provides important insights into gender differences for the region. Countries, territories and islands represented in the report include: American Samoa, Australia,Brunei, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua, New Guinea ,Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna.

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Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Brief

This brief shares findings from Latin America and the Caribbean, describing aggregate patterns in survey responses from 43 countries. The findings presented are based primarily on responses from 69,487 individuals, including 39,299 who identified as female and 30,188 who identified as male. This brief does not seek to describe the region as a whole. Rather, results are calibrated to the online population in the region. Note that as of 2017, only about 63% of the total Latin America and the Caribbean population was using the internet. This population tends to be younger (80% between the age of 18 and 54 years old), more urban (76% live in the city), and better educated (43% more than secondary education) than the general population. While this limits the generalizability of the findings, the picture that emerges provides important insights into gender differences for the region. Countries, territories and islands represented in the report include: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Helena, Suriname, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States Virgin Islands, Uruguay.

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Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Brief

This regional brief shares findings from Sub-Saharan Africa, describing aggregate patterns in survey responses from the 44 countries and islands highlighted in the indicated map. The findings presented are based primarily on responses from 54,922 individuals, including 20,981 who identified as female and 33,941 who identified as male. This brief does not seek to describe the region as a whole. Rather, results are calibrated to the online population in the region. Note that as of 2017, only about 25% of the total Sub-Saharan Africa population was using the internet. This population tends to be younger (84% between 18 and 54 years old), more urban (54% from the city), and better educated (43% secondary education or higher) than the general population. While this limits the generalizability of the findings, the picture that emerges provides important insights into gender differences for the region. Countries, territories and islands represented in the report include: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelle, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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