Makkah hosts expo to raise awareness of drug dangers

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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 10 March 2019

Makkah hosts expo to raise awareness of drug dangers

  • Preventive measures, including raising of awareness, are key components of Saudi Arabia's anti-drug addiction campaign.

JEDDAH: The General Directorate of Narcotics Control organized an exhibition in Makkah on Sunday to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and their impact on individuals and society. 

The event was held with the participation of the assistant commander of the Royal Guard in Makkah, Maj. Gen. Sulaiman bin Fahd Al-Huthaili.

The commander of the Royal Guard’s 4th Security and Protection Battalion in Makkah, Adm. Khalid bin Ali Al-Akla, said: “Drugs today are the biggest threat to the youth. We have to stand united in the face of this destructive phenomenon, and fight it with all force and resolve through all the means possible in order to protect young people, who are at the center of the development process at all levels and represent the future leaders of our nation.”

The assistant director of drug control in Makkah, Adm. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qurni, said: “Field work carried out by the directorate is accompanied by preventive measures aimed at raising awareness and protecting society.”

He added: “This exhibition … reflects the keenness of the Royal Guard in Makkah to clarify the impact of drugs on the minds and bodies of individuals.” 

He said the directorate “is ready to cooperate with all parties to eradicate this pandemic.”

Attendees visited the exhibition’s pavilions, where they were briefed on the various preventive programs being implemented. 


W20 stresses importance of gender inclusivity across G20 groups

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W20 stresses importance of gender inclusivity across G20 groups

  • Women 20 (W20) meeting was hosted by Saudi Arabia as part of its G20 presidency

RIYADH: The second day of the virtual Women 20 (W20) meeting — hosted by Saudi Arabia as part of its G20 presidency — stressed the importance of ensuring inclusivity across the G20’s different working groups.

“The women’s empowerment team at the G20 Secretariat was established by the Saudi sherpa and… my team has engaged with working groups and discussed their topics, such as finance-track development, employment, health, education, agriculture, anti-corruption, energy, the digital economy, tourism, and trade and investments,” said Hala Altuwaijri, chair of the Women's Empowerment Team at the G20 Secretariat and secretary-general of the Family Affairs Council.

She added: “What we learned from previous presidencies is that we look at female empowerment as mainstream, as cross-cutting, and that it should not be the focus of one group only. In other words, every working group should have the empowerment of women as a priority... this is what the Saudi presidency has committed to.”

Addressing gender in the workplace, Libby Lyons, director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in Australia, said that Australia will close the equality gap at all management levels within the next 20 years.

“Forty-three percent (of) all promotions went to women last year in the private sector in Australia. The problem persists, however, for women accessing leadership positions such as CEOs and board members,” she said in a session titled “G20 Policies: Catalyzing Women's Economic Empowerment.”

Lyons’ agency has been collecting data annually for more than seven years from every organization in the private sector with more than 100 employees, giving it a clear picture of what is happening in terms of gender equality. “We must collect standardized data to track what we are doing and assess our actions,” she noted.

She said that in Australia, private enterprise is driving this change, facilitated by the government, which is a unique model. “I think that it is a lesson we can all learn,” Lyons said.

Discussing the most notable G20 commitments over the last five years, Wendy Teleki, head of We-Fi Secretariat, said that We-Fi was founded in 2017 at the G20 Hamburg Summit focused on supporting entrepreneurs around the world.

Since then, it has allocated $300 million in funds through its partners to programs that are ultimately expected to benefit more than 130,000 women, she added.

This year, We-Fi has allocated an additional $50 million and Teleki said that another $50 million “will be allocated to the issues of technology, early-stage financing, and COVID-19 relief response to empower women entrepreneurs and help them in their reliance on technology.”

Addressing the private-sector alliance, empowerment and progression of women’s economic representation, which was established last year in Japan as a means to advocate the advancement of women in the private sector, Tomoko Hayashi, director-general of the Gender Equality Bureau in the Cabinet Office said: “The Empower project…aims to increase the number of women with access to leadership positions. Also it devises actionable plans to increase the digital literacy of women in developing countries.”

She added: “COVID-19 has greatly impacted women, including (by) increasing rates of unemployment and domestic violence. At the same time, it created a great opportunity for women to change the rules of the game.”