(MENAFN - Arab News) A survey recently conducted by king khaled charitable foundation has revealed that 58.6 percent of underprivileged saudi women live in dilapidated homes while 70 percent survive on a monthly revenue of sr1500.
as many as 3865 poor women — aged between 20 and 50 — in 13 regions were interviewed for the survey which is the first of its kind in saudi arabia the foundation said in a newsletter received by arab news.
'about 75 percent of these poor women had no one to support them as they are either divorcees or widows" the survey read adding that the remaining women interviewed said that their husbands are jobless.
about 67 percent of underprivileged saudi women are either illiterate or have not completed their education past the primary level.
'the poor economic condition of these women shows that they need financial support from the country's social insurance scheme to live decently" the foundation's statement said.
the survey identified the main reasons for poverty among saudi women as illiteracy lack of jobs and the absence of relatives to support them.
among the interviewed women only 4.5 percent receive monthly revenues between sr3000 and sr4500 while 23 percent live on sr1500 to sr3000.
the foundation proposed creating jobs to help fight poverty.
a study previously conducted by the foundation revealed that a saudi family comprising five members requires sr8926 to survive without depending on aid from the government or charities.
sami bin abdul aziz al-damigh a professor at king saud university in riyadh said the survey would help the government understand the economic difficulties faced by citizens and take decisions to address such problems.
he emphasized that the social insurance scheme should be based on peoples' needs.
meanwhile fuad kawther a saudi engineer and social worker said the government should adopt more proactive policies to address the economic difficulties of citizens. 'we should also apply the zakat system strictly for poverty alleviation" he told arab news.