Status of Women In Saudi Arabia: A Paradigm Shift

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There is no doubt or hesitation that the status of women in Saudi Arabia has been controversial for a very long time. Women’s status in Saudi Arabia as an Islamic country is often, if not entirely misunderstood. Saudi Arabia has been under so much pressure from the West concerning women’s rights and their subordination in this country. The problem with women’s rights in Saudi Arabia is usually traced back to either religions, tradition, or a combination of both, when in reality it’s neither of them. It is the extremist, fundamentalist ideology that has invaded the country and caused major influences on the ideas, beliefs, and lifestyle of the Saudis. That, however, has changed now, and women’s position in Saudi Arabia is looking towards a much brighter future.


Keywords: Status of Women, Paradigm Shift
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Status of Women in Saudi Arabia


Prof. Abhilasha Singh

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Effat College, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Abhilasha Singh has a rich teaching experience of over ten years in various capacities. She holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Banaras Hindu University, India. She has been a practicing Counselor, a renowned trainer and consultant in industry and has enlightened the august audience by her research papers numbering over twenty in various National and International academic meets. Many of her research papers have been published in reputed journals. She is an Accredited Management Teacher from All India Management Association and has been called as an speaker to International Conferences in China, Mauritius, UAE and New Zealand to present her contributions. Presently she is Associate Professor in Effat College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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