83% of young Saudi men want women to be able to work

Survey reveals majority of young Saudis want women's role in the kingdom to change.
83% of young Saudi men want women to be able to work
By Elsa Baxter
Tue 15 Dec 2009 08:01 AM

A total of 83 percent of young Saudi men want women to pursue careers, the latest study into women’s role in the kingdom has found.

The research, carried out by the Vienna-based organisation, Women without Borders, found the majority of young people in Saudi Arabia wanted to see women’s roles elevated in the kingdom.

According to the report, quoted by the Saudi Gazette, 78 percent of female undergraduates said they planned to have a “successful career” rather than stay at home.

The study, ‘Bridging the Gap’, took one and a half years to compile and questioned 4,455 men and women university students across the country. Its author Dr Edit Schlaffer was in Riyadh from December 8-15 to present its findings.

The study found that 44 percent of Saudi women believe there will be substantial changes with regard to women’s access to work, the paper said.

The biggest barrier women will find to gaining work is the kingdom’s unemployment problem.

“Only slightly over one third of men and 21 percent of the women interviewed expect to find a job after graduation,” Schlaffer told the paper.

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