King Abdullah’s Shoura move contributed to women empowerment

Updated 16 March 2014
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King Abdullah’s Shoura move contributed to women empowerment

The United Nations Agency for Women and the Inter-Parliamentary Union have announced that the number of female parliamentarians in the world has increased to a record 21.8 percent, which is an increase of 8.7 percent since 2000.
Anders Johnsson, secretary-general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, pointed out that the increase in the number of female parliamentarians worldwide is due to several factors. Foremost among the factors, Johnson said, is the royal order issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, which allocated 20 percent of the seats in the Shoura Council for Saudi women. Johnson predicted that it would take less than 20 years to achieve equality between men and women in parliaments if the current rate of progress is maintained.
The UN Agency for Women and the Inter-Parliamentary Union have released for the first time a report titled “Map of Women in Politics” for the year 2014, which indicates that the number of female ministers in the world rose from 14.3 percent in 2005 to 17.2 percent in 2014.
The number of women appointed for the position of secretary of defense increased from 7 to 14 since 2012, while the number of women holding the post of minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation increased to 45 ministers. However, the number of women elected as president and prime minister have declined slightly since 2012 from 19 to 18, the report revealed.
John Hendra, deputy executive director of UN Agency for Women, said that despite the progress, there are still several barriers facing women, including gender prejudices, discrimination and cultural attitudes that perceive women as less able to command than men.


‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. (AN photo)
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‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

  • Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life

JEDDAH: “Our History is Misk,” supported by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, is being organized at the historical site of Jeddah.
The event is bringing nostalgia through a number of scenes that embody the life the city witnessed decades ago.
It comes as one of the activities of the foundation’s initiatives center and is part of its role in encouraging creativity and promoting national values in society.
The activities include an open theater to portray the professions of Jeddah citizens in the past. A number of local actors brought 20 extinct professions back to life through their performances.
One of the actors sits in the center, playing the role of the mayor, who used to help the people and solved their differences. Also showcased were the “decorator,” who is similar to barbers nowadays, the distribution of fabrics used in houses at the time, the selling of water in alleys for nominal amounts of money, and the restoration and cleaning of shoes.
Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. In them, people with all kinds of professions met to drink tea and listen to a storyteller.