Body formed to increase coordination among Arab women in maritime sector

Wijdan Al-Suhaibani
Updated 13 November 2017

Body formed to increase coordination among Arab women in maritime sector

ALEXANDRIA: Saudi Arabia participated in the Regional Conference for Arab Women in the Maritime Sector with a high-ranking delegation of Saudi women headed by Wijdan Al-Suhaibani, manager of branding and communication at the shipping and freight company Bahri.
The conference is the most prominent event organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and was held at the headquarters of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria on Oct. 15-19.
The participation of Saudi women in the conference was a major step that reflects the Kingdom’s continued progress and sustained efforts toward achieving gender equality at workplaces and empowering women. It also showed that Saudi women have occupied leadership positions in the public and private sectors.
The event assessed the representation of women in various areas and sectors, including maritime and port administration. In addition, the conference saw the launch of the Arab Women in Maritime Association (AWiMA), a platform to bring together women working in the industry in the region, with a vision that aims at “an effective Arab woman who promotes a strong maritime sector.”
Al-Suhaibani is the chairwoman of the newly formed association, which emphasizes the efficiency and excellence of Saudi women and their ability to play important roles in leading specialized bodies and organizations at all levels — local, regional and international.
“It was an honor to be invited by the IMO to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at this prestigious conference,” said Al-Suhaibani. “Our nation’s participation in these important events truly reflects the social transformation the country is going through, and more so as we are representing the maritime industry, which has historically been male-dominated.”
The participation of the Saudi delegation at the conference shed light on the practical steps taken by the Kingdom to achieve the ambitious Vision 2030, which envisages increasing the participation of women in the workforce from the present 22 percent to 30 percent.
The conference’s most important recommendations given to the IMO Arab member states included the provision of effective support to the establishment of AWiMA and working on the provision of an appropriate mechanism to help overcome the challenges of implementing the Vision 2030 and aligning its objectives with the goals of sustainable development.


DiplomaticQuarter: EU envoy wants increased cooperation with Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

Updated 29 October 2020

DiplomaticQuarter: EU envoy wants increased cooperation with Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition

  • The IMCTC is an alliance of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism

RIYADH: Patrick Simonnet, head of the EU delegation to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, recently visited the headquarters of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) in Riyadh.

IMCTC Secretary-General Maj. Gen. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Moghedi received the EU diplomat and the accompanying delegation. Al-Moghedi briefed the visiting dignitaries about the coalition’s goals, achievements and the initiatives it has taken to fight terrorism in different forms.

He said the coalition represents an integrated system of intellectual and media initiatives and also aims to fight terror financing to effectively root out this menace. The IMCTC chief said the coalition aims to enhance cooperation and coordination among member states.

Simonnet said the EU looks forward to enhance cooperation with the Islamic military alliance in different fields.

Al-Moghedi also presented the EU ambassador with a memento.

The IMCTC is an alliance of 41 countries that forms a pan-Islamic unified front in the global fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

In coordination with the relevant authorities in the member countries, it promotes best practices, advances legal, regulatory, and operational frameworks, and facilitates information sharing to curb terror financing.

It also aims to assist member countries to enhance their military capabilities to fight terrorism.

The intellectual aspect specializes in preserving the universal message of Islam, promoting the values of moderation, tolerance and the preparation of targeted messages to counter radical ideology.

The media side is based on producing digital, media and other informative content to refute the rhetoric and claims of terrorist organizations and extremists.