Council of Saudi Chambers’ women’s council elects new leaders

The historic first meeting of the Council of Saudi Chambers’ women affairs council in Riyadh. (Courtesy: Council of Saudi Chambers)
Updated 09 March 2019
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Council of Saudi Chambers’ women’s council elects new leaders

  • CSC's Coordination Council for Women’s Affairs held first meeting on Thursday

RIYADH: The Council of Saudi Chambers’ (CSC) Coordination Council for Women’s Affairs (CWA) held its first meeting on Thursday.
The meeting saw the election of Dr. Ahlam Adel Khawandanah as the president of the CWA, and Ayat Ahmad Abou Sulaiman and Shua’a Abdullah Al-Duhailan as her vice presidents.
Khawandanah, Abou Sulaiman and Al-Duhailan expressed their gratitude to the members in attendance following their election, and pledged to step up efforts to empower Saudi women in various fields.
The meeting discussed a number of other issues related to the employment of women, and ways in which the CWA could help them to overcome the challenges they face in Saudi society, and the private and public spheres.
They also followed up on the latest developments aimed at raising women’s participation in the labor market from 20 to 30 percent, according to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program.
The attendees thanked the CSC for its constant support, and reviewed the Coordination Council’s development proposal that could help it achieve its main objectives.

 


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.