Wife of Japanese PM visits Disabled Children’s Association in Saudi Arabia

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Akie Abe, wife of Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo, visited Riyadh’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA). (SPA)
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Akie Abe, wife of Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo, visited Riyadh’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA). (SPA)
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Akie Abe, wife of Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo, visited Riyadh’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA). (SPA)
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Akie Abe, wife of Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo, visited Riyadh’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA). (SPA)
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Akie Abe, wife of Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo, visited Riyadh’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA). (SPA)
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Updated 13 January 2020

Wife of Japanese PM visits Disabled Children’s Association in Saudi Arabia

  • Abe commended the Saudi government for the attention it gives to children with disabilities

RIYADH: Akie Abe, wife of Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo, visited Riyadh’s Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) on Sunday. She was welcomed by Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Swailem, deputy chairman of the DCA, and members of the board of directors Princess Fahda bint Fahd, Sulaiman Al-Sudairi, Mohammed Al-Shuwair and Dr. Majida Besar.
Abe and the accompanying delegation toured DCA’s specialized departments and units alongside DCA’s executive director, Dr. Ahmad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tamimi, where they inspected the services of the educational and medical departments and equipment. She also tried the wheelchair program that imitates the daily suffering of disabled people.
Abe commended the Saudi government for the attention it gives to children with disabilities, reflected in the comprehensive care provided by DCA for their health and educational rehabilitation.
“What DCA achieved is comparable to what is provided in several countries. We are delighted with this visit, that allowed us to see the great progress in the medical and educational department,” she said, expressing her hope that: “Agreements will be concluded to improve rehabilitation treatment for children in the Kingdom and Japan.” 
At the end of her visit, Abe left a note in DCA’s record of official visits before Al-Swailem presented her with a painting made for her by the children.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.