Saudi women take center stage at US forum

The forum will be at George Washington University. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 April 2019

Saudi women take center stage at US forum

  • AboutHer Global Forum (AGF) will be on April 26

JEDDAH: Trailblazing Saudi women helping to transform the Kingdom will be celebrated at a global forum at George Washington University in the US. 

The first AboutHer Global Forum (AGF) on April 26 will mark a milestone in Saudi history, according to its creators, the lifestyle portal AboutHer.

Under the banner “Saudi Women on the Road to Vision 2030,” the forum will explore the efforts of Saudi women in the Kingdom and beyond to ensure the country’s successful transformation under its groundbreaking reform program.

Reforms aimed at improving the lives of women in the Kingdom are a key part of the ambitious plan to modernize Saudi society and strengthen its economy, organizers of the forum said.

Saudi Arabia has been pushing for more women to take up top leadership positions, has reformed sections of its legal structure to give women greater rights, and is creating more work opportunities for women.

A discussion panel at the forum will focus on Saudi women in the diaspora and their role in realizing Vision 2030, how Saudi women across the world can empower those within the Kingdom, and the influence women now have on economic and policy development.

Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.