By Beatrice Thomas
Nearly a fifth of Saudi females are worried they will not find a man, research finds
Not finding a husband, or 'spinsterhood' is one of the most pressing issues facing
Saudi women, according to a survey that canvassed the views of men and women in
The poll, carried out by Ru’yah Social Centre in Al-Qassim region, found that 18.7 percent of respondents identified not marrying
as a concern
The research also found
that24.6 percent of respondents believed unemployment was the most important issue
Divorce occupied the third position as a source of concern to Saudi
women at 8.8 percent.
Official statistics show two percent of the population is divorcees. The
percentage of divorced women had risen to 1.2 percent, with 0.7 percent of
Saudi males divorced.
The study also dealt with the priorities of female university students,
showing 88.8 percent of Saudi girls continued their university education
More than 55 percent of female university students listed this as among
their top priorities, followed by Arab and Islamic issues and work.
Meanwhile, 24.1 percent of female students said they wanted to
benefit from their leisure time.
The opinion poll showed that 49.6 percent of women preferred their husband to
be a relative.
It also found that 41.1 percent preferred their husband to be affluent,
35.5 percent preferred their husband to be a government employee while 31.1
percent preferred a husband worked in the private sector.