King Abdullah’s Shoura move contributed to women empowerment

Updated 16 March 2014

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.


Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

Updated 6 min 22 sec ago

Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

  • ‘WorldSkills’ started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid

MOSCOW, Russia: Saudi students and experts will be showcasing their innovative skills in aircraft maintenance and welding during the “WorldSkills” competition to be held in Kazan, Russia on Thursday. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of representatives from 75 countries.

“This is a biennial global competition during which more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries compete in 56 various categories,” said the CEO of Colleges of Excellence Dr. Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries. (SPA)

“The competition covers industrial and service professions with the highest international standards to promote technical and vocational training and raise awareness about the impact of such training.

“This competition aims to shed light on the importance of technical skills, encourage young people to acquire them, discover their skills and develop them and find cooperation opportunities among contestants and different sectors,” he added.

Those who qualified from international technical colleges and strategic partnership institutes were: Idris Abduljalil Al-Haji from the International Aviation Technical College (IATC) in Riyadh, Hassan Hussain Al-Rashid from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services, aircraft maintenance expert Ibrahim Khalid Yamani from IATC, and welding expert engineer Ghazi Mohammed Al-Mustanir from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services.

“Saudi students impressed the participants during previous local and international competitions,” Al-Tuwaijri said, adding “Yamani was chosen as the best aircraft maintenance expert during the 2017 competition held in Abu Dhabi.”

“WorldSkills” started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid.