The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in France organized a hypothetical Saudi-French symposium entitled “Women in the framework of the Kingdom’s Presidency of the Group of Twenty”. Princess Haifa bint Abdul Aziz Al Muqrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and head of the Development Group participated in the symposium. The Group of Twenty, and the head of the Women Empowerment Team in the G20, the Secretary General for Saudi Family Affairs, Dr. Hala Bint Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri, the Shura Council member, Dr. Hoda Bint Abdul Rahman Al-Helisi, the Director of the Department of Epidemiological Research at King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, Dr. Yasmine Al-Tuwaijri, participated in the symposium. To the Saudi Secretariat of the G20, Dr. Reem Al-Faryan, from the Saudi side.
In addition to the Saudi participants in the symposium, the permanent representative to UNESCO reviewed the Kingdom’s achievements in the journey of empowering women, and the great transformation in Saudi women’s rights and empowerment in various fields, which culminated recently in declaring Riyadh as the capital of Arab women for the year 2020, and the classification by the World Bank for Statistics in 2020 for the Kingdom Saudi Arabia as the world’s most improved economy in terms of gender equality.
Data and statistics
The discussions touched on data issued by UNESCO and the World Bank for statistics in 2014 on Arab women interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, which indicate that “Saudi female students constitute 59% of the total number of students enrolled in computer science majors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When statistics revealed that the enrollment rate of female students in the United Kingdom and the United States of America in these disciplines ranges between 16% and 14% of the total number of students ».
The themes of the Saudi-French symposium included several important topics related to women, the field of entrepreneurship, the changes taking place in the Kingdom at the level of laws related to the empowerment of women and their efforts to reform labor laws, the role of Saudi women in developing the fields of economy, sports, education, culture, medicine and entrepreneurship, in addition to challenges Confronting women, violence and its psychological repercussions, confronting the new Corona pandemic and the mechanisms in place to ensure continuity of work to empower women.
Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for the Social and Human Sciences Sector, a member of the French Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Saudi-French Friendship Committee Amelia Lacraffy, a deputy in the French Parliament and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Ramlati Ali, and the Director-General of the Women’s Economic and Social Forum Shyara participated in the seminar. Coraz, the French writer and president of the Angela Group business, Angelique Girard, moderated the dialogue at the Saudi-French symposium, Sunday Albright.