The Kingdom has been named as one of the world’s most transformative nations for enhancing and developing the economic role of women in the society.
According to the annual report “Women, Business, and the Law” that is conducted by the World’s Bank, it shows that the Kingdom comes among the top 190 countries for achievements done related to involving the female power in economic development and entrepreneurship.
According to the 2020 report, the Kingdom has scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. These findings have placed Saudi Arabia as the top country among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.
The study also shows the significant development that the Kingdom has achieved successfully in six indicators including mobility, workplace, marriage, childcare, entrepreneurship, and retirement.
“The number has increased sufficiently with rapid growth. I believe that inclusiveness and diversity are two key factors to any successful entity.” Wadha Bin Zarah, the women empowerment director at the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), said.
“Among the G20 countries, Saudi Arabia has scored the highest growth in the participation of women in the workforce. Moreover, recruitment and human resources practices have never shown any discrimination against women when it comes to wages. One scale is used for all, and any benefits are calculated on merit, not sex.” She added.
This aligns with the 2030 vision of Saudi Arabia that aims at giving equal chances for women and pushing them into taking leadership roles.
Vision 2030 Aims at Providing Job Opportunities For One Million Saudi Women
Another ambitious plan for the Kingdom in an attempt to provide equal opportunities for women of Saudi Arabia!
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 hopes to provide jobs for about one million Saudi women, according to Mishaal Al-Balawi, an official at the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations in Geneva.
Al-Balawi praised the significant role of women in making the economy of the Kingdom much stronger, saying that women are eager to gain access to a large share of reforms especially in the employment market.
These remarks were pointed out by Al-Balawi in a discussion on a report of the working group on the issue of discrimination against women at the Human Rights Council on Monday.
The discussion revolved around the rights of Saudi women and changing the employment scenario to include them.
Al-Balawi also pointed out that Kingdom is doing its best to end to violence and harassment against women at their workplaces.
“The Kingdom, through its regulations and agencies, is striving to address the phenomenon of violence against women at their workplaces as well as to enable them to work in a safe environment. This is through enacting laws to protect women and preserve their rights, such as the Anti-Harassment Law and the Law of Protection from Abuse,” he said.
The Kingdom Aims at Producing the World’s Lowest-Cost Electricity
The Kingdom has announced that it’s working on a new solar energy project that aim at producing electricity with the lowest cost per kilowatt in the entire world.
The announcement was made earlier by Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister during the “Don’t Forget Our Planet!” conference, which was organized by Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative Institute (FII-I).
Prince Abdulaziz also revealed that the Kingdom is currently in the process of activating several programs, including increasing the use of electricity by 30 percent through renewable energy, while 50 percent will be generated through hydrocarbon sources, adding that work is also underway to take advantage of the wind energy project to harness it in generating power.
The Kingdom will not back down from its commitment to the energy efficiency project, but has even become a role model for high commitment in all related projects.
Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman said that the Kingdom aims to produce 50% of its electricity from renewable by 2030, adding that Saudi Arabia has plans to expand the use of wind energy.
This project is among other ambitious projects that are part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the vision’s main aim is to diversify the country’s economy and not have it depend solely on oil.
13 Women Appointed to the Kingdom’s Human Rights Commission
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has appointed 13 women to the kingdom’s Human Rights Commission and with that, grant them equal representation as men.
The appointments were announced in a royal decree constituting the rights body for its fourth four-year term.
The HRC President Dr Awwad Al Awwad welcomed the appointments, explaining that this comes in light of supporting women and empowering them to take on positions in diverse fields.
“Appointing 13 women as members of the HRC Council, with a total of 26 members, is in line with efforts made by the Kingdom’s leadership to enable women to occupy leading positions in various fields, and helps achieve what is best for the country,” Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al Awwad, president of the Commission, explained.
“It is this support and direction that has had a huge impact on HRC’s ability to carry out its mission and discharge its responsibility in promoting and protecting human rights under the directions of the Saudi leadership […] It has further helped in laying the foundations and instilling a culture of human rights to the benefit of the citizens and residents of this beloved nation,” he added.
This announcement comes a week after Saudi Arabia was ranked the best country in the region for women by CEOWORLD Magazine.