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Through the keyhole
A national survey on social issues is giving the world a glimpse of what Saudis really think.
May 28, 2009 3:05 by Dana El Baltaji
She said the survey targeted 300,000-500,000 people. “Our goal is to study their opinions and then convey the results to the authorities,” she added.
Bougary said when the questionnaire was first distributed, women were less responsive. At first, only 24 percent of participants were women. “Women were afraid. When we raised the issue in the media and held women responsible for their inaction, the number of women participants increased dramatically,” she said.
Bougary pointed out that 60 to 65 percent of the survey’s participants were young people. This indicates that the younger generation has the potential to serve all levels of society and share the values of bonding.
“We discovered that young people are willing to give, but they don’t know how or where to go to make use of their time and energy,” said Bougary.
She said the final results of the survey would be announced at the end of the month.
According to Bougary, from 400 to 1,300 questionnaires are filled out on a daily basis, which shows people’s interest in sharing their opinions.
Princess Nora Saud Al Kabeer, chairwoman of the company, said at the launch of the initiative that the move would pave the way for future development and cooperation to serve public interest. “It will help achieve the goals and visions of sustainable partnership between the public and private sectors,” she added.
First seen in Arab News.
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