Arab Women Committee declares Riyadh capital of Arab women for 2020

The meeting also discussed mechanisms for cooperation with relevant international organizations. (SPA)
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Updated 12 February 2020

Arab Women Committee declares Riyadh capital of Arab women for 2020

  • The decision was taken at the 39th session of the Arab Women Committee

RIYADH: The Arab Women Committee has announced Riyadh as the capital of Arab women for 2020 under the slogan “Women are a homeland and an ambition,” SPA reported.

The decision was taken at the 39th session of the Arab Women Committee, which was held on Monday in Riyadh under the umbrella of the Arab League. 

The secretary-general of the Family Affairs Council, Dr. Hala bint Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri, said that the declaration of Riyadh as the capital of Arab women was due to the role that the Kingdom played at all levels, and its continued support for women’s empowerment.

The Arab Women Committee — chaired by Saudi Arabia for a year — discussed a number of issues, including the report of the General Secretariat’s activity between the previous and the current sessions, the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, women’s empowerment in the Arab world, and the follow-up to the recommendations of the Ministerial Conference that focused on women’s empowerment and its impact on social development.

The meeting also discussed mechanisms for cooperation with relevant international organizations, as well as reviewing the topics presented by member states.

The committee began its activities on Sunday with a regional preparatory meeting for the Commission on the Status of Women 64 (CSW), during which the results of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action after 25 years and the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting Declaration were reviewed.
 


Saudi Arabia’s health ministry announces two more deaths, 110 new coronavirus cases

Updated 31 March 2020

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry announces two more deaths, 110 new coronavirus cases

  • The two latest people to die from the virus were residents of Madinah
  • The case total in the country has reached 1,563

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s health ministry announced 110 new cases of coronavirus, along with two new deaths in the Kingdom on Tuesday.

The case total in the country has reached 1,563 and the death toll is now in double figures at 10.

The two latest people to die from the virus were residents of Madinah.

Of the 110 new cases, 33 were in the capital Riyadh, 29 in Jeddah and 20 in Makkah. Seven cases were recorded in Al-Qatif and four in Khobar.

Three cases were also confirmed in Dammam, three in Medina, two in Hufof, two in Dhahran, and another two in Jazan, the ministry added.

The rest were in Al-Badaea, Abha, Khamis Mushait, RasTanura and Al-Khafji where one case was reported in each.

The ministry also confirmed that 165 people have recovered from the coronavirus so far.