Saudi Arabia said that the National Transformation Program 2020 would strengthen the role and status of women in the Saudi society, stressing that equal access to education and training was a key element to enable women to contribute fully and equally in the country’s development.

Amal Al-Qahtani, second secretary of the Kingdom’s delegation to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, said during the Third Committee of the General Assembly at its seventy-first session, that the Saudi government has achieved new steps towards empowering Saudi women and ensuring their full rights.

Qahtani highlighted Saudi women’s role in national decision-making through leadership positions in the government sector as well as membership in Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council).

She also stressed women’s right to vote and stand for elections to municipal councils, in addition to their participation in the Kingdom’s official delegations at regional and international conferences.

Qahtani added that a number of governmental institutions, in collaboration with civil society organizations, have launched national campaign aiming to raise women’s awareness on the regulations and procedures that protect their rights.

She stressed that the Islamic teachings prohibit any discrimination based on race, sex, color, or any violation or injustice directed to women in any form whatsoever.

Qahtani condemned the current situation suffered by women in many parts of the world, including grave violations, violence and exploitation.

Source: Asharq Al-Awsat

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