Half of Hongkongers polled insist that the family should always outweigh careers for women, a survey on gender issues has found. Commissioned by the Women's Commission, the survey of 1,530 respondents found that gender stereotyping and sexual inequality still persisted in the city. Although most people agreed that men and women had equal responsibility in parenting and doing housework in a family, half the respondents believed women should put more emphasis on family than their career. The survey did not give a breakdown by sex of the respondents to each question. Overall 63.5 per cent of the respondents were women and the rest men. Nearly 90 per cent said women contributed the most in children's education, taking care of families and doing housework. In contrast, only 12.8 per cent selected economic development, public service and voluntary services as women's major achievements. Sophia Kao Ching-chi, the commission chairwoman, said the study showed most Hong Kong women were still making families a priority. She said Chinese tradition emphasised that a woman's duty was to take care of the family, while a man's duty was to go to work. Such a concept was deeply rooted in society, she said. However, she said that Hong Kong had made some progress in promoting gender equality in recent years. The survey, conducted in January and February, found that 33 per cent of people thought that gender stereotyping was a severe problem in Hong Kong, compared to 41 per cent who voiced the same view in a similar survey by the commission five years ago. Gender stereotyping was particularly apparent when respondents were asked for their views on jobs. Between 30 and 40 per cent of respondents did not think women should take up some 'male occupations' such as construction work, firefighting and electrical work. Between two to three out of 10 people could not accept men working as domestic helpers or kindergarten teachers. The survey did not give a margin of error. Meanwhile, ahead of International Women's Day on Sunday, international accounting firm Grant Thornton unveiled a report on women's involvement in senior management positions worldwide. Hong Kong ranked fifth among 36 economies surveyed, with 80 per cent of the city's private businesses having women in senior positions in their management teams.