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On the Celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Assessment of the Factors Mediating Women’s Empowerment in Scientific Research in Saudi Arabia

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Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Ha’il, Ha’il 81451, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Public Health, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, University of Ha’il, Ha’il 81451, Saudi Arabia
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Quality and Development Unit, Deanship of Scientific Research, University of Ha’il, Ha’il 81451, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Educational Technology, College of Education, University of Ha’il, Ha’il 81451, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Software Engineering, College of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ha’il, Ha’il 81451, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Basic Sciences, Deanship of the Preparatory Year, University of Ha’il, Ha’il 81451, Saudi Arabia
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Academic Editor: Maki Ikegami
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2385; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042385
Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 15 February 2021 / Accepted: 19 February 2021 / Published: 23 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Role of Higher Education Institutions for Sustainability)
We present this study as a contribution to celebrate “the International Day of Women and Girls in Science”. Women’s empowerment in scientific research is a crucial issue in the United Nations “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. This study aimed to investigate the obstacles facing women researchers in scientific research in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional survey was used to assess women researchers’ perceptions towards the roles of universities, donors and women researchers. Descriptive statistics, correlation and regression analysis were used for data analysis. Findings showed that the overall assessment of women’s empowerment in scientific research is moderate and faces a mixture of obstacles mainly due to dissatisfaction with the role of donors. Moreover, the role of universities has not yet reached a satisfactory level, while the role of women researchers was satisfactory. The results demonstrated that the role of the university enhances the role of the donor institutions, while the role of researchers has a significant positive influence on the role of the university. No significant association between the role of the researchers and donors was achieved. In conclusion, despite the great achievement by women researchers in empowering themselves as scientific researchers, they still need more support from the university and donors. View Full-Text
Keywords: women’s empowerment; scientific research; sustainability; sustainable development women’s empowerment; scientific research; sustainability; sustainable development
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Al shammary, S.E.; Zrieq, R.; Ibrahem, U.M.; Altamimi, A.B.; Diab, H.M. On the Celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Assessment of the Factors Mediating Women’s Empowerment in Scientific Research in Saudi Arabia. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2385. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042385

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Al shammary SE, Zrieq R, Ibrahem UM, Altamimi AB, Diab HM. On the Celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Assessment of the Factors Mediating Women’s Empowerment in Scientific Research in Saudi Arabia. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):2385. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042385

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Al shammary, Saud E.; Zrieq, Rafat; Ibrahem, Usama M.; Altamimi, Ahmed B.; Diab, Hanan M. 2021. "On the Celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Assessment of the Factors Mediating Women’s Empowerment in Scientific Research in Saudi Arabia" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 2385. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042385

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