Female Saudi Shoura member asks big football clubs for women-only teams

Updated 01 November 2017

Female Saudi Shoura member asks big football clubs for women-only teams

RIYADH: Big football clubs such as Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahli have been urged to set up women-only football teams by a human rights activist who is requesting the establishment of professional sports clubs for women, Al Hayat Newspaper reported.
Iqbal Dandari, a member of the Committee for Human Rights at the Shoura Council, also requested allocating days for women to exercise at major sports clubs after establishing appropriate standards that enforce a modest dress code and take women’s privacy into account.
Dandari hailed the landmark decision allowing women to enter sports stadiums and said it would encourage Saudi women to practice professional sports like their peers around the world.
Sami Zaidan, another member of the Shoura Council, described the decision as a good and timely move. “As for women’s dress code at football games, I trust Saudi women are modest wherever they go,” he added.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.