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Saudi Arabia Joins Women’s Empowerment Initiative During G20 Summit

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Saudi Arabia has joined an initiative on female empowerment during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan at which a pledge was signed to promote the participation of women in the workforce.

Besides the enhancement of education and promoting for their involvement in the workforce, the Kingdom also pledged to stimulate their participation in the small to medium business sector.

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe announced the initiative on the closing day of the summit, under the motto “women are able to shine”. 

“The G20 members will make a united effort to promote women’s empowerment. I believe that these efforts will be a driving force for further development of the G20 as a whole,” he said.

Saudi Arabia is a members of the “troika” which help organizes the W20 offshoot in promoting for women participation in economics and politics.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the UN’s special advocate for inclusive finance, said: “I want to thank the troika, Argentina, Japan and Saudi Arabia, for supporting this important initiative to promote inclusive economic growth for women.”

She also added that in employing women at the same rate as men in the workforce globally, around $28 trillion will be added to the global GDP by 2025.

The initiative aims to reduce the gap between male and female pay by a quarter in the next seven years, in addition to giving access to education for all women around the world.

The initiative will also seek to support female entrepreneurs and their small businesses through the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) launched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump.

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Red Sea Film Festival to Display Art Work By Late Photographer Safouh Al-Naamani

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An exhibition hosted by the Red Sea Film Festival will celebrate the work and art of cinematographer and photographer Safouh Al-Naamani, the event will also see a screening program of contemporary Saudi and Arab cinema as part of Misk Art Week 2020.

The exhibition will be held on December 3rd until the 7th, it will take place at the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Fine Arts Gallery, Riyadh.

The exhibition, “Safouh Al-Naamani: Preserving Time,” will be available until the 10th of January and will showcase some of the rare work by Naamani, in addition to some restored archive films that date back to the fifties and sixties.

During the Misk Art Week 2020, the RSIFF will publicly present the world premiere of the restoration of “The Pilgrimage to Makkah,” which is a 35-minute documentary by Al-Naamani, which he filmed during the 1963 Hajj season.

The film festival will show contemporary feature and short films from the Kindgom throughout Mist Art Week and will hold filmmaker Q&A sessions.

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Saudi Red Sea Film Festival to Screen 11 Movies Online

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The Kingdom’s Red Sea International Film Festival will screen 11 movies that have been specially selected as part of its program to highlight the emerging cinematic talents of the Kingdom.

The movies will be previewed online over two weeks on the festival’s official YouTube channel.

The movies selected are “Shame” directed by Abdulla Al-Bin Hamdha, “A DIY of a Dream 101” by Qamar Abdulmalik, “Nonself Portrait” by Asad Badawi, “Extraction of Lunar” by Lulua Al-Dehaiemi, “The Time Has Come” by Ayman Al-Ali, “Algari” by Ahmed Al-Hasawi, “Dissonance” by Moodi Al-Zamil, “A Breath” by Razan Alsagheer, “Remember Me” by Mohammed Hammad, “Color of Sunset” by Haidar Daoud, and “The Sleep Sun Station” by Anhar Salem.

The 11 films picked will be screened digitally between November 18 and 30, they are of different genres and lengths. Each will be available to watch for one week.

Also worth mentioning is that the movie “Last Visit” directed by Abdulmohsen Al-Dabaan and produced by Mohammed Al-Hamoud, opened in Saudi cinemas on Wednesday.

Who will be tuning in to the movies online?

 

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Misk Art Institute Launches Imprint Exhibition Featuring Work By Female Saudi Artists

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Mist Art Foundation, which was established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman launched ‘Imprint’ Exhibition, a digital, film and photography exhibition and it features incredible work by female Saudi artists!

The exhibition has been curated by Latifa Abdul Rahman Al Khalifa and it features some amazing work done by Middle Eastern artists, including 17 from Saudi Arabia, including Saudi women.

“Imprint offers viewers a mirror of sorts – the opportunity to view themselves reflected in the artwork through the multiple interpretations presented in various media.” Says Al Khalifa.

“The artistic perspectives offer a study of Gulf identity while simultaneously examining Arab identity.” She added.

The Mist Art Foundation aims at highlighting the local culture and supporting Saudi artists, by providing them with a platform to display their work and give them the exposure they deserve.

“Our aim at Misk Art Institute is to empower and provide talents the platform they need to express themselves.The creativity of these individuals is a reflection of our culture and a continuation of a journey that was initiated by a long line of pioneering artists.

“Now is the time for these young talents, this is their moment, and we are here to make it happen”, said Reem Alsultan, MAI CEO.

“Imprint” will run until 28th January 2021 and the exhibition is taking place at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Fine Arts Gallery. So hurry up and catch while you still can!

 

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