Historic day: Women get down to business at Shoura

Updated 01 March 2013

Historic day: Women get down to business at Shoura

Thirty women Shoura members took part in the discussions of the Saudi consultative body for the first time yesterday. “It was a historic day for Saudi women,” said one female member. The meeting appointed three women as deputy chairpersons of subsidiary panels.
Zainab Abutaleb said yesterday’s Shoura session that began at 10 a.m. was well organized, adding that it discussed a number of important topics. At the outset of the meeting, Shoura President Abdullah Al-Asheikh spoke about how the council works. There was a documentary on the participation and voting of members.
Forms were distributed among the members giving them an opportunity to pick three committees they intend to work with. “Shoura is an integrated system and its discussions are free and fair,” said Abutaleb, who has been named deputy chairperson of the Cultural and Media Committee.
Asked why women members were not asking for a separate committee, she said: “Female members have been appointed to different committees to take up issues of women.”
Six women members have been appointed to the Social, Family and Youth Committee. They are Hamda bint Khalaf Al-Anazi, Noura bint Abdullah Al-Asqa, Noura bint Abdullah Al-Odwan, Hiba bint Abdul Aziz Al-Munie, Fatma bint Muhammad Al-Qarni and Princess Sara bint Faisal.
There are two women in the Management and Human Resource Committee. Lubna Al-Ansari is deputy chairperson of the Health and Environment Affairs Committee while Thuraya Obaid is deputy chairperson of the Human Rights Committee.


Saudi, Brazil UN envoys seek to strengthen ties

Updated 07 August 2020

Saudi, Brazil UN envoys seek to strengthen ties

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, held talks through a video conference with Ronaldo Costa Filho, Brazil’s UN representative.
The meeting reviewed the bilateral relationships and cooperation between the two countries, as well as issues of common interest, global political developments and cooperation between their UN delegations.
Filho praised the Kingdom’s efforts in fighting terrorism and its cooperation with the international community, as well as the efforts of Al-Mouallimi in leading the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) advisory board.
Al-Mouallimi praised the support provided by Brazil to UNOCT and its cooperation with the international community.
The meeting also discussed Saudi-Brazilian cooperation within the G20, presided by Saudi Arabia in 2020. Filho commended the Kingdom for leading the group amid the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.