Saudi women invited to join the ranks of the armed forces

Saudi women invited to join the ranks of the armed forces
Saudi women can now join he Royal Saudi Land Forces, Royal Saudi Airforce, Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces, Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Forces and Armed Forces Medical Services. (SPA)
Updated 03 October 2019

Saudi women invited to join the ranks of the armed forces

Saudi women invited to join the ranks of the armed forces
  • Women can now join as lance corporals, corporals, sergeants and staff sergeants
  • The initiative fulfills Saudi Vision 2030 and empowers women

DUBAI: Saudi women can now climb through the ranks of the armed forces the Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense has announced.

While women have been able to join the armed forces in Saudi Arabia, this is the first time they can be considered for more senior ranks, Arabic international daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Thursday.

“With these new laws supporting women’s capabilities and rights as citizens… naturally, they will enter new spheres of work, this is the reflection of a national belief in the equality between women and men,” Shura Council member Haya Al-Muni’i told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Under the scheme women can now join as lance corporals, corporals, sergeants and staff sergeants in the Royal Saudi Land Forces, Royal Saudi Airforce, Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces, Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Forces and Armed Forces Medical Services.

The initiative is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to empower Saudi women and expand the role they play in society.

Saudi women have already been given the opportunity to climb the ranks in the front line of public security, including the General Directorate of Narcotics, General Directorate of Prisons, Criminal Evidence and Customs.


Saudi volunteers join 3,165 community initiatives in 2020

Saudi volunteers join 3,165 community initiatives in 2020
Volunteer opportunities ranged between providing emergency services and participating in community awareness programs. (SPA)
Updated 24 January 2021

Saudi volunteers join 3,165 community initiatives in 2020

Saudi volunteers join 3,165 community initiatives in 2020
  • The teams stepped up their efforts during national festivals and events, international days and awareness weeks

RIYADH: Volunteer teams of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) participated in 3,165 initiatives during 2020. This was despite the challenges that the Kingdom and the world faced during the coronavirus pandemic
More than 28,000 volunteers participated, with a total of 32,000 hours volunteered.
Volunteer opportunities ranged between providing emergency services and participating in community awareness programs.
This included providing emergency services to worshippers in the Two Holy Mosques, and participating in the prayer sorting points in mosques on Fridays throughout the Kingdom.
The teams stepped up their efforts during national festivals and events, international days and awareness weeks.
Initiatives included providing administrative, technical and logistical support to emergency centers, central operating rooms and SRCA departments in all regions of the Kingdom. Visual screening points were established in many headquarters and SRCA buildings to increase awareness of the importance of adhering to precautionary measures during the pandemic.