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New opportunities for Saudi women

Saudi Arabia, October 29, 2017

Saudi Arabia is seeking qualitative leap in women’s role in nation-building, the Kingdom told the UN Security Council.

Addressing an open debate at the Security Council session on the 17th anniversary of the approval of UN Plan titled “Women, Security and Peace,” political coordinator at the Kingdom’s Permanent Mission at the UN Manal Hassan Ridwan said the achievements of Saudi women over the past decades in various fields were the outcome of their strenuous efforts as well as the care and concern of the State.

She told the UN that there should be effective, comprehensive and harmonious efforts to address the challenges faced by women.

“Despite a global unanimous position on the significance of women’s role as a key partner in the efforts for security, peace, human rights and development, the ongoing efforts to realize these goals are still incomplete. This necessitates redoubling efforts to address the challenges facing women at the grass root level.”

Ridwan said that there are three major challenges facing women in the contemporary world.

“Occupation is one of them,” she said, pointing out that the Palestinian and Arab women are reeling under the occupation of Israel.

According to Ridwan, a surge in violence in conflict zones, and the growing threat of non-state groups, sectarian militias and terrorist networks is the second major challenge while the third one is the spread of radical discourse against Islam and Muslims.

She noted that the advancement of women was one of the most important priorities for the Kingdom for which it initiated provision of educational support for women at all levels.

This had a great impact on the entry of Saudi women into various fields of public work and the private sector.

This enabled her to prove her excellence and capabilities in all domains of life, she said, highlighting the achievements of Saudi women in various fields, including their entry into the Shoura Council, their participation in municipal elections both as candidates and voters, and their role in diplomatic work.

“Saudi women have been given priority while implementing the sustainable development agenda in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 launched simultaneously with the UN Sustainable Development Plan of 2030,” she added.

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