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Saudi Women Excelling in the Fields of STEM

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More girls in the Kingdom are choosing an education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), they are excelling in the majors. However, one challenge facing them at the moment is not finding jobs related to their fields.

Dr. Fatima Alakeel, a cybersecurity expert and faculty member at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, says that: “In the Kingdom, STEM-related jobs are limited at the moment, as the economy is primarily oil-based and there are few technical jobs available.”

Dr. Fatima Alakeel, cybersecurity expert.

Alakeel is also the founder and CEO of the non-profit Confidentiality, Integrity & Availability Group (CIAG), which focuses on information security training and research in Riyadh.

“We have more girls in STEM education compared to Western countries.”

What is even more impressive is that 57 percent of undergraduates for the year 2015-2016 in the Kingdom were revealed to be girls, and in the same year, women outnumbered men in graduating with a bachelor’s in biology, mathematics, information technology (IT) statistics, and physics. According to a report done by the Saudi Education Ministry.

It’s great seeing how in today’s Saudi Arabia, parents are becoming more encouraging to their daughters and pushing them into getting a degree in male dominant majors, and to study not just in the kingdom but outside in Western universities if needed. Things are definitely looking up for women as day by day, they’re becoming a more crucial part of the development of Saudi Arabia.

The only challenge right now that the government is trying hard to solve, is securing job opportunities for STEM graduates, and it’s only a matter of time until the government succeeds in doing so; as per the vision of 2030. Because based on the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, there will be indeed more jobs, that includes technical ones, once this is achieved, women will of course have their fair share.

“We’re glad to see Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud becoming the first female ambassador of the country. It only suggests change is on the way,” Alakeel said.

22 year-old Maha Al-Taleb, a graduate with a degree in technology from KSU, specializing in IT networks and security, told Arab News: “Saudi women are ambitious. We’re acquiring high degrees and seeking successful careers. I don’t know why the world assumes that Saudi women are a backward tribal species who have no say in these matters. This entire perception is flawed.”

And this couldn’t be more true, because ever since the Vision served to support them, Saudi women had been proving their capabilities in the different fields that they were taken part in, and their success is apparent and impressive throughout the past years.

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Saudi Arabia’s First Female Crane Operators Get their permits

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State news agency SPA reported on Tuesday that King Abdul Aziz Port (KAP) has given female crane operators their operating permits, making them Saudi Arabia’s very first females to take on such a job.

The female operators will work on the remote controlled cranes which are used in light of KAP’s attempt of introducing new technologies at its container terminals in all departments, the terminal is also the first of its kind to be operated by the International Ports Services Ltd (IPS).

KAP, supervised by the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), handled 23 million tons of cargo in July – marking an 11.15% increase in comparison to the same time last year.

 

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Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions on Women

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Saudi women no longer require a permission from a “male guardian” to travel or obtain a passport and can now travel independently, a royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz indicated,

The decree, which was issued three days ago, clearly states that women like any other individual have the right of obtaining a passport, and that a guardian’s approval will only be needed for minors.

The statement of the decree is written in a gender-neutral way and doesn’t in any way put restrictions to a specific segment.

Here’s how some of the prominent Saudi figures reacted to the change, and their thoughts about it that was shared on twitter.

Also hailing the changes is of course Saudi ambassador to the US Reema bint Bandar Al Saud.

Ever since the Saudi Vision 2030 was launched and the Saudi authorities have been addressing the flaws in the system that stand against women living their lives freely and securely.

Such a step is considered to be yet another major change, that follows the issuing of driving licenses to women, and the inclusion of women in the consultative council.

 

 

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Yanmo: Medical App Helping Children With Special Needs

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Ynmo, an award-wining Saudi app is taking the world by storm in an attempt to revolutionize the provision of care and educational services for those with special needs.

Ynmo is the first Arabic-English digital platform of its kind that allows service provider such as centers, clinics and schools to monitor and design individualized treatment plans.

Dr. Faisal Al-Nemary, co-founder of Ynmo, explained that even though the number of children with special needs is in a constant increase, there is a shortage in the number of qualified medical experts who can deal with these cases.

That’s why Al-Nemary and his twin brother Fahad decided to join forces with a group of professionals and launch the digital tool.

The application aims to give teachers and therapists the time needed to come up with new strategies with colleagues that can enhance client-student performance, and give children with disabilities the care that they deserve.

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