The Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh stressed that Saudi women have enjoyed a prestigious and great position since the establishment of the Kingdom by the founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, until the prosperous era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Highness the Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Salman – may God protect them –
Dr. Said. Al-Sheikh, in his speech on behalf of the wife of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Her Highness Princess Fahda bint Falah Al-Hathlin, inaugurated the work and activities of the Conference on Empowering Women and Their Developmental Role in the Era of King Salman, which was organized by Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.
Dr. Said. Al Sheikh The process of empowering women witnessed historical leaps in various fields by implementing many initiatives and reforms and enacting legislation to support and empower women until today they occupy the highest leadership positions.
He noted that the objectives of the Kingdom’s ambitious vision 2030 focused on raising the participation rates of Saudi women in the labor market from 22% to 30% by 2030 and enabling it to contribute in all areas of development. He added that the National Transformation Program (2017-2020) included 36 strategic goals to support women’s empowerment and increase their participation in the labor market.
The Minister of Education confirmed the achievement of these goals in less than half the period, as the reports of the General Authority for Statistics 2020 showed an increase in the share and participation of women in the labor market to 32.4%.
It also shows the empowerment of Saudi women in many leadership positions and an increase in the membership of their participation in the Shura Council and their assumption of leadership positions in some ministries Universities and women’s representation of the Kingdom in many international forums.
The conference aims to highlight the legislative reforms during the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and their role in empowering women, achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and introducing government projects and initiatives that support the empowerment of Saudi women in various fields during the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.