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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…