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Abstract

The goals of this study are to identify attitudes of university students toward women’s participation in public life (social, economic, and political), and to determine the effect of independent factors on their attitudes. To achieve these goals, I used a self-reported questionnaire to collect data from a stratified random sample (1260 students), as well as descriptive statistics (percentages) and inferential statistics (forward stepwise regression). Results of the study revealed that the majority of respondents support women’s participation in public life in UAE society. Also, university students supported the right of women to have equal educational opportunities, as well as equal participation in civil societies, volunteer societies, and municipal councils. However, the majority tends to be less in favor of women in economic and political participation. Finally, empirical results were that gender, a mother’s education, and nationality were associated with the university students’ attitudes toward women’s participation in the social, economic, and political spheres.

Note on the Author

Husein Mohammad Al-Othman, Chairman of Sociology Department, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Sharjah, U.A.E.

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