Development success can come about when human resources are maximized, Saudi Shoura member Al-Helaissi says

Hoda Al-Helaissi
Updated 20 September 2017
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Development success can come about when human resources are maximized, Saudi Shoura member Al-Helaissi says

GENEVA: International experts on women’s rights from the Arab region and the West called on decision-makers from the Global South and the Global North to increase their efforts toward addressing barriers and challenges impeding the realization of women’s rights and gender equality. This conclusion was reached during a panel debate organized at the United Nations Office in Geneva held on 15 September on the theme of “Women’s rights in the Arab region: Between myth and reality.”
Saudi Arabia’s representative to the meeting Hoda Al-Helaissi, a member of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council and former Vice-Chairperson at King Saud University, observed that women empowerment and addressing gender inequality are “universal concerns” of the global community.
She remarked that “a country’s true development, economic growth and international success can only come about when it uses its human resources to its fullest – male and female.”
Al-Helaissi further added that the stereotyping of Arab women in the West would not advance the cause of promoting and advancing gender empowerment in the Arab region. She called upon international decision-makers to recognize “the change that takes place and supporting that change rather than merely repeating the static stereotyped image” of women in the Arab region.
The debate was held on the occasion of the 36th session to the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Geneva Center for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue — a think tank having special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) – and the Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to UN Geneva.


Saudi Arabia and Red Sea, Gulf of Aden states reach agreement to establish entity of cooperation

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Saudi Arabia and Red Sea, Gulf of Aden states reach agreement to establish entity of cooperation

  • Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh
  • Al-Jubeir said the meeting also discussed boosting trade and conserving the environment

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to establish an entity of cooperation with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping.

Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the initiative. 

A team of experts is expected to meet “soon” in Cairo for technical talks.

“This is part of the Kingdom's efforts to protect its interests and those of its neighbours and ... to stabilise the region that we live in and to try to create synergies between the various countries,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters after a day of meetings.

“The more cooperation and coordination that you have among the countries of this region, the less negative outside influence will be on this region," he added.

Eritrea and Ethiopia were not present at the meeting.

The Red Sea also includes the Bab Al-Mandeb strait, through which oil is shipped towards Europe, the US and Asia. In recent years the waterway has been targeted by Iranian-backed Houthi militants from Yemen.

Al-Jubeir said the meeting also discussed boosting trade and conserving the environment.

Saudi Arabia has announced several mega-projects along the Red Sea, including a $500 billion business zone shared with Egypt and Jordan as well as a luxury tourism destination.