State-supported scientific research is one of the most significant indicators of the quality of a research proposal and its relevance to national trends. The next criterion is publication in prestigious scientific journals. These indicators show that the gap between women's and men's research interest is becoming wider every day, despite the unlimited support extended by the relevant authorities to women's scientific research. This requires us to pause in order to identify and discuss the phenomenon at hand, and suggest possible solutions.
Umm Al-Qura University has been trying to overcome the difficulties faced by female researchers and enhance their opportunities to receive support, while taking into consideration the many responsibilities they have. It has developed a special support program entitled 'Wa`idah' [Promising], which is designed for academics in order to achieve the targeted objective. It has arranged a number of specialized training courses to promote opportunities to receive internal and external support. It has also directed careful attention to hosting female figures who can help female researchers identify areas of support, and be able to perceive and overcome judging preferences (across different specialties).
This has led to the emergence of the idea of holding this forum, which will discuss and tackle the topic of the empowerment of women in scientific research. It aims to discuss the situation of women in the research field and the difficulties they face. This is in order to offer applicable solutions and seek guidance from successful female research experiences.
This forum also aims to determine the role of women in the field of scientific research in a manner that fulfills Saudi Vision 2030, as well as introducing the areas of support for women's research at the local and international levels.