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King Saud UniversityKing Saud University’s Abdulrahman Al Rajhi and Family Foundation Chair for the Role of Saudi Women in Developing Society recently conducted a survey on trends in research and studies about woman in Saudi society.

The survey team, led by Dr. Nouf bint Nasser Al-Tamimi, looked at 450 scientific research papers by M.S. and Ph.D. female students from KSU, Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University and Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University.

The survey aimed to identify topics about women that already are addressed as well as topics that require further study, guiding future investigators toward areas in which research would be most instrumental.

The survey indicated that the categories covered by the research papers included legislation, media and social, pedagogic, economic and political areas. The survey also aimed to identify the research tools and methodologies used, the samples and their geographic distribution.

Chair supervisor Dr. Noura Al Adwan said the survey is the first of its kind and seeks to detail the accumulated data banks on Saudi women. She said this would help policy-makers in various domains related to women by allowing them to make the best use of existing data.

Launched in 2008 by Princess Hessa bint Trad Al-Shaalan, spouse of King Abdullah, the Abdulrahman Al Rajhi and Family Foundation Chair for the Role of Saudi Women in Developing Society researches the roles of women in the Kingdom’s knowledge-based society, ensuring their social stability and prosperity, improving their quality of life and monitoring their progress. The Chair serves as an invaluable public service that embraces values and goals that are in line with the teaching of Islam and the sensitivities of Saudi society.

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