Saudi female lawyers praise Justice Ministry’s efforts to empower women

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Updated 27 October 2020

Saudi female lawyers praise Justice Ministry’s efforts to empower women

  • Compared to the previous status of women at the Justice Ministry, Al-Daknan said this latest step was a significant achievement

JEDDAH: Several Saudi female lawyers have praised the Justice Ministry’s decision to appoint 100 female notaries as a step forward for women’s legal empowerment.
“We appreciate Justice Minister Walid Al-Samani’s … rapid steps toward empowering women to work in all available jobs, considering them viable components of society, particularly in the justice sector,” lawyer Njnood Qasim told Arab News.
She added: “We hope that it will be the beginning of an important and most anticipated step, which is the appointment of a Saudi woman as a judge.”
Qasim noted that many qualified women have been recruited by the Justice Ministry for the first time in history to work in the fields of law, Shariah, sociology, administration and technology.
Lawyer Rana Al-Daknan, meanwhile, said she thought women could fill any role in society. “An ambassador, an undersecretary, a minister, but I think no woman should be a minister before women become judges,” she told Arab News.
Compared to the previous status of women at the Justice Ministry, Al-Daknan said this latest step was a significant achievement, but added: “Of course we are looking for more, though that does not mean we should not appreciate this step.”

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The newly appointed female notaries will officially start their work next Sunday with a specialized training program lasting three months.

Al-Daknan explained that women first began obtaining notary licenses in 2018, and the services they offer include documentation, transferring property, authorizing powers of attorney submissions and other services.
“The next step for women is working with conciliation committees, which is known in other countries as being a magistrate. Thankfully it is possible now for both men and women to obtain conciliation licenses, where they will assume the role of the judge,” Al-Daknan said. “I personally have applied and (am) in the process to obtain this license.”
Another lawyer, Abrar Shaket, told Arab News that this move was the natural result of the Kingdom’s steps to empower its female citizens under King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


Mohamed Al-Khereiji, chairman of the board of directors at MBC Media Solutions

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Mohamed Al-Khereiji, chairman of the board of directors at MBC Media Solutions

Mohamed Al-Khereiji was recently appointed as chairman of the board of directors at MBC Media Solutions (MMS).

MMS, a new in-house commercial and advertising sales unit, was launched in partnership between MBC Group, the largest and leading media company in the MENA region, and Engineer Holding Group (EHG), a prominent Saudi media group that has been operating in the Kingdom for more than 40 years.

Al-Khereiji received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Prince Sultan University in 2006. Six years later he obtained an executive master’s degree of business administration from the London-based Business School, formerly Cass.

From 2006 to 2007 he worked as an analyst for Deutsche Bank in London. From 2009, and for nearly four years, he was director of business development at Al Arabiya before becoming its deputy CEO in 2013. Three years later he became the CEO of the company, which some market reports listed as one of the top global outdoor advertising companies in 2019.

Al-Khereiji has also been vice president of the Abdulelah Al-Khereiji Group, which was founded in 1980.

He is also CEO of Al-Wasael Al-Saudia, a media and advertising company that recently won a bid to operate the stadium of King Saud University.   

In 2017 he was selected to head the advertising committee at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In September MBC Group acquired a minority equity stake in Al Arabiya which is part of EHG, where Al-Khereiji is CEO.