Doha 08th April 2014: Fifteen female student researchers from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) have started a survey on role of Qatari women in society.
The survey is expected to offer clear insight on the relationship between female participation in social groups and their empowerment in society at large. The findings of the study will be presented throughout the fall at museums, conferences and film festivals in the country and worldwide.
This is the first of its kind to survey a large sample of Qatari women about their participation in social groups and their choices in the economic, educational and political spheres, according to Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, Assistant professor in NU-Q’s liberal arts programme and the primary investigator of the study.
The NU-Q-led study called Qatari Women: Engagement and Empowerment was granted US $150,000 in the latest award cycle of Qatar National Research Fund’s Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP).
It involves surveying around thousand Qatari women about their participation and level of involvement in social group majlis al-hareem, ranging in type—from family, social and neighborhood, to intellectual and religious.
The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University will conduct the study.
“I am motivated to take part in this project, because our research will contribute to a better understanding of Qatari women here and throughout the world…Currently, there is no recent data or information about this topic, and I feel that up-to-date research including our conclusions will be very important for the empowerment of women,” said NU-Q communication sophomore student researcher, Najlaa Al Khulaifi.