JEDDAH, 3 October 2005 -— Eighteen Saudi businesswomen have filed nominations to contest elections to the board of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), according to the committee supervising the polls.
The women are among 77 candidates who will vie for 12 of the 16 seats on the board in elections scheduled for November.
Minister of Commerce and Industry Hashem Yamani last month took a decision allowing women to contest elections for the first time in the Kingdom’s history.
The businesswomen running for office are: Amani Ibrahim Abdulwasie, Ibtisam Al-Jedaili, Buthaina Moemina, Batool Jamjoom, Jawaher Jelwan, Hanan Al-Madani, Hussa Al-Aun, Khadeeja Bukhari, Dunya Ibrahim, Salwa Ridwan, Sameera Shek, Aliya Banaja, Abeer Muhammad Salama, Lama Al-Sulaiman, Madhawi Al-Hassoun, Nashwa Taher, Nawal Baytar and Ulfat Qabbani.
The candidates contesting the polls have been divided into two groups: 58 businessmen and businesswomen and 19 industrialists. The committee will announce the final list of candidates next week after scrutinizing their applications.
The chamber has approximately 40,000 members, of whom some 3,000 are women. Saudi women were not permitted to be candidates or voters in the country’s first municipal elections, held at the beginning of this year.