Women empowerment among academic and administrative staff in Saudi universities: A cross-sectional study

Awad M Al-Qahtani, Wafaa T Elgzar, Heba A Ibrahim, Amira El-Houfy, Hanan A El Sayed

Abstract

Women in Saudi Arabia constitute nearly 50% of the population, but their participation in economic and social activities are far below the kingdom's potential. According to the 2030 vision, women empowerment is an essential requirement for community transformation and development. The study aims to explore women empowerment among academic and administrative staff in Saudi Universities. A cross-sectional research design was conducted at 15 Saudi governmental universities. A multistage cluster sampling technique was followed to select 5587 participants. The data collection starts from April to September 2020. The current study results illustrate statistically significant differences between academic and administrative staff in the total women empowerment score and all of its dimensions (p<0.05). The majority of academic staff (84.4%) have high personal empowerment compared to 73.7% of the administrative staff. The study concluded that women empowerment is higher among academics compared to administrative staff in Saudi Universities. (Afr J Reprod Health 2021; 25[1s]: 60-68).

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