Saudi men back women's entry to parliament

The majority of Saudi men support the entry of women into the Gulf Kingdom’s appointed parliament following a decision by King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz allowing females to be deputies, according to a local opinion poll.

The survey, conducted by the Princess Jawahir bint Nayef Centre for Women Research, also showed the majority of the surveyed females believe women would be able to perform well at Shura (appointed parliament).

The survey, conducted in collaboration with the UN Development Programme, covered 200 men and 2,000 women in the country’s eastern region.

It showed 69.9 per cent of the surveyed men backed women’s participation in Shura while 73.5 per cent of the women supported the plan.

The survey found that 43 per cent of the men and 58.2 per cent of females believe women would perform well at Shura.

“The survey found that 22.8 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men believe the entry of women to Shura would produce negative results,” the report said, adding that 41.2 per cent of those polled would like to run for Shura membership.

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