MAKKAH: Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal has described the initiatives of the region’s Girls’ Council as a “source of pride” because of their contribution to enhancing the role of women and encouraging them to innovate and lead in all aspects of social work.
He said the Girls’ Council in Qassim was the first of its kind in the Kingdom and that it was an ambitious body benefiting more than 300,000 women.
He added that the governorate had set up an online platform so that women could make the most of their skills and take part in regional programs and initiatives.
He also hailed their role in raising awareness among families about getting the coronavirus vaccine to help society face the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The secretary of the Girls’ Council in Qassim, Manal Al-Muhanna, said the body had an effective role in empowering women.
“The Girls’ Council was established in 2017 and headed by the wife of the governor of Qassim region, Princess Abeer bint Salman Al-Mandil, and with multiple memberships from 13 governorates in Qassim,” Al-Muhanna told Arab News. “The council follows an institutional process and is subject to survey operations and security control. The council receives advantages and honors at the end of the year. It is not just regular volunteer work.”
She said the council was one of the governor’s initiatives to encourage girls to learn and develop leadership skills for a better future, and that the focus was on girls from all over the country and not just Qassim. It also offered ways to nurture talent and creative energies to foster a healthy environment for their growth, she added.
Al-Muhanna explained that there were four areas of interest for the council — including cultural, technical and media — and that one of the council’s most important initiatives was an anti-harassment forum. The forum was attended by more than 3,000 people, including prominent personalities, and received wide interest.
“The council set up, at the technical level, a large camp for girls to train, qualify and refine a product in the presence of distinguished training competencies from academics in the Kingdom. This camp resulted in the qualification, graduation and employment of 75 students.”
The program lasted 40 days, with nine daily hours of work, and girls and families from villages were hosted for the duration of the camp.
Other technical forums by the council have involved twinning with entrepreneurs from Gulf countries to support emerging projects.
The “Council’s Corridors” is a platform set up by the body, which visits universities and meets female students who are about to graduate.
“We facilitate opening projects and link them to the Development Bank and nonprofit labor institutions. These efforts have benefited about 10,000 female students in Qassim over the course of two years. These figures were the results of the great efforts made by the council and under the direct supervision of the governor and his wife, which helped the council work day and night with high efficiency, like what happened during the pandemic in the Nahr Al-Ataa initiative to help poor and needy families in remote areas.”
The governor’s comments came during a weekly session in Buraidah called “Girls of Qassim, Between Promotion and Empowerment.”
The session was held in the presence of the governorate’s undersecretaries, district officials and council members.