Women face 24 challenges under NTP

Women face 24 challenges under NTP
Updated 10 June 2016

Women face 24 challenges under NTP

Women face 24 challenges under NTP

RIYADH: Saudi women face 24 challenges that has to be overcome to ensure their empowerment under Vision 2030, mostly around education, training and local traditions, according to a report in a local publication on Thursday.
These issues were identified by more than 200 women working in the public and private sectors at a two-day workshop held recently by Princess Sara bint Khalid bin Mosaed, the wife of Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
They said the challenges are on the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental fronts, and include education, training and skills development. There were also issues that need to be tacked in terms of women in business, as employees and employers, the report stated.
They said a major concern was the lack of awareness in some families of the importance of women working, having access to resources on social media, and legal knowledge of their rights and obligations.
However, Princess Sara said that the government was placing a great focus on how women can contribute to the economy, and on the social and cultural levels. Leadership positions have now opened for women, allowing them to contribute to development and nation-building.
She said the United Nations Development Fund for Women has indicated that there were five areas needing attention in terms of women’s empowerment: education, health, economic contribution, economic participation and participation in decision-making.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Economic Association plans to organize an annual program with lectures and specialized workshops hosted by government and private sector officials to highlight and find solutions to these issues.
Saleh Al-Sulami said the initiative by the princess would help to draw attention to the challenges facing women in the workplace, particularly with the country’s decision-makers. This was part of Vision 2030, he said.