Saudi women celebrate Women’s Day with a jog in Jeddah

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Women run during an event marking International Women's Day in Old Jeddah on March 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
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Saudi women take part in a "green walk" calling for environment conservation, on March 8, 2018 in Jeddah. ( AFP / Amer Hilabi)
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Women exercise during a running event marking International Women's Day in Old Jeddah on March 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
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Saudi women take part in a "green walk" calling for environment conservation, on March 8, 2018 in Jeddah. (AFP / Amer Hilabi)
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Saudi women jog in the streets of Jeddah's historic al-Balad district on March 8, 2018. (AFP / Amer Hilabi)
Updated 09 March 2018
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Saudi women celebrate Women’s Day with a jog in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A group of women in Jeddah marked International Women’s Day yesterday by exercising one of their newly acquired freedoms: the right to go for a jog.
Saudi women have had a momentous year as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted a number of key restrictions on their rights. Women can now attend football matches, partake in sports themselves and by the summer will be allowed to drive cars.
In Jeddah’s historic district, smiling women wearing traditional full-length robes adapted for sports cheered and one even skipped with joy as they pounded through the sleepy alleys past puzzled shopowners.
The government introduced physical education for girls last year and began licensing women’s sports clubs, but Saudis are still coming around to women running in public.
“This is just the beginning of a revolution for women in Saudi Arabia. In jobs, in our lives, in society, everything is going to change for Saudi women,” said one of the joggers, university student Sama Kinsara.
Kinsara is studying film, a major she will be able to use at home this year as Saudi Arabia lifts a 35-year-old ban on cinemas.
Yasmine Hassan, a member of the Bliss Runners group organizing the event, said it was aimed at empowering women.
“This is a message that we would like to send them and say, ‘Come, you’re not alone, we will do this together and the time is now.’”
“Hopefully by next year there are going to be way more rights given to Saudi women, the ones that we deserve,” she said.


Number of female, male lawyers on the rise in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Justice noted that the Judicial Training Center recently organized a number of courses qualifying lawyers to obtain their legal license. (SPA)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Number of female, male lawyers on the rise in Saudi Arabia

  • The number of women officially registered with the ministry amounts to 221 lawyers during the year 1439H, compared to 83 licenses granted in 1438H

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Justice, represented by the Department of Lawyers, has announced that the total number of lawyers registered with the Ministry has reached 5,496, including 332 female lawyers.
The ministry’s figures show a steady increase amounting to 77 percent in the number of female lawyers in the Kingdom during the Hijri year 1439H, compared with the previous year.
“The number of women officially registered with the ministry amounts to 221 lawyers during the year 1439H, compared to 83 licenses granted in 1438H. The number of male lawyers reached 877 compared to 730 the year before,” the ministry said.
The Ministry of Justice noted that the Judicial Training Center recently organized a number of courses qualifying lawyers to obtain their legal license. “These courses were attended by 1,171 beneficiaries, in the vocational and training courses, including 521 female trainees,” the ministry added.
Women’s increasing role in judicial affairs comes with the Minister of Justice and the President of the Supreme Judicial Council of Saudi Arabia Dr. Waleed bin Mohammed Al-Samaani’s attempt to empower Saudi women.
Al-Samaani has instructed enabling Saudi women to obtain the “authentication license” which grants them the power to perform some of the tasks of notaries.
As part of the government’s Vision 2030 goal to raise women’s participation in the workforce, new job opportunities have become increasingly available to females.