C20 co-chair urges governments to listen

Dania Al-Maeena, chief executive of Aloula – the first nonprofit in Saudi Arabia that fights poverty through early intervention. (Screenshot)
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Updated 10 October 2020

C20 co-chair urges governments to listen

  • Dania Al-Maeena was making her closing remarks at the C20, which is the civil society engagement group of the G20

DUBAI: Governments should listen to people and ensure that their voices are heard, the chief executive of a Saudi non-profit organization told a virtual summit of civil society stakeholders from around the world.

Dania Al-Maeena was making her closing remarks at the C20, which is the civil society engagement group of the G20.

Al-Maeena is co-chair of the C20 and the summit was hosted by Riyadh.

“We must always listen to voices without discrimination or proxy,” she said in her video address. “The world is not short of effective frameworks for action, we have them endorsed and committed to. What we are missing is the action toward realizing sustainable development equally everywhere, with serious commitment to systemic reforms and economic reconstructions. We need to work together through a trustworthy multilateral system. It is time to double down on cooperation across countries, cultures and political orientations. Rules-based, fair and solidarity-driven multilateralism is our best way to tackle our complex cross-border problems.”

An earlier communique from the group said that civil society was being “sidelined from global and local decision-making more than at any other time in modern history.”

“The backroom global policy making, aided by private interest and lobbyists, has led to the decline of participatory processes and democratic governance,” it said.

It called on G20 leaders to “adopt just policies for an inclusive recovery, restore faith in multilateralism, and attend immediately to the climate and ecological crisis.”

Al-Maeena is the chief executive of Aloula, a non-profit in Saudi Arabia that fights poverty through early intervention.


Saudi women get in the swing for golf glory

Though golf is a relatively new sport in the country, women have been encouraged to take up the game through new opportunities and support provided to them. (Supplied)
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Saudi women get in the swing for golf glory

  • Depending on location, players in the scheme will be designated as a Ladies First Member at either Riyadh Golf Club, Dirab Golf Club or King Abdullah Economic City’s Royal Greens Golf & Country Club

JEDDAH: Saudi women are breaking new barriers on the Kingdom’s golf greens, becoming acquainted with the sport and the benefits that come with it.
Though golf is a relatively new sport in the country, women have been encouraged to take up the game through new opportunities and support provided to them.
Golf continues to be a male-dominated sport. Despite women showing huge interest in the game, they are poorly represented in its ranks around the world.
A recently launched sporting initiative will allow women in the Kingdom to learn golf for free. The Aramco Saudi Ladies International, presented by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), is a first for the Kingdom. Another project, Golf Saudi’s innovative “Ladies First Club,” will offer complimentary membership, including golf lessons, driving range access and full 18-hole rounds on three different courses.
The offer is open to all Saudi women, with initial membership capped at 1,000. Sarah Al-Arifi, a 26-year-old Saudi entrepreneur, told Arab News that she was excited about the prospect of a Saudi female golf club. Even though the sport is perceived as male dominated globally, sports development is progressing rapidly in the Kingdom and is becoming inclusive, Al-Arifi said. She said the new projects will be “empowering.”
Al-Arifi highlighted the benefits of creating a community for every sport, not only golf, adding that from a consumer’s perspective, it promises to generate creativity.
“Having a community for a specific sport is not only important, it’s necessary because it drives competition and that’s much better for us as consumers. The obvious benefits of a community aside, as a consumer, I want there to be competition because it drives innovation and problem solving,” she said.
Depending on location, players in the scheme will be designated as a Ladies First Member at either Riyadh Golf Club, Dirab Golf Club or King Abdullah Economic City’s  Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
The Ladies First Club will officially launch during a tournament buildup for the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF.
It will take place between Nov. 12 and 15, two days before the Saudi Ladies Team International, which will see teams of four golfers compete for $500,000 in prize money from Nov. 17 to 19.