Saudi women and their pioneering role

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We celebrate the 90th anniversary of Saudi National Day, in which we remember the epic story of the unification of this dear country under the banner of the founder, His Majesty King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud.

On this occasion, we draw inspiration from the role played by Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman, one of the influential female figures in the establishment of this country. She contributed to shaping the public scene in the early years of the establishment of the third Saudi state. This is a clear indication of the presence of Saudi women and the effectiveness of their role in political, historical and social developments at the state level.

Since its unification, women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have enjoyed the attention and support of the leaders of this country to contribute to its growth and advancement in various fields, right up to the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

Under his reign, women have witnessed an exceptional era of support and care, enabling them to gain professional and scientific achievements, and to succeed in translating this confidence into achievements gained nationally, regionally and globally.

At the national level, Saudi women today play a pivotal role based on the principle of full participation in the system of building and development under Vision 2030. They are an important part of society, given their capabilities and energy that can be harnessed to build their future and that of their homeland, where women have successfully occupied various professional and developmental positions.

As for the regional level, Saudi women quickly grabbed the spotlight due to their high competence and qualifications that have contributed to enhancing their role in international societies. This is what the Arab Women’s Committee has adopted by declaring Riyadh the capital of Arab women for the year 2020.

Globally, Saudi women occupy a prominent position today, having gained confidence in performing national missions and contributing on a larger and greater scale in the international arena, representing the Kingdom through external governmental institutions and international organizations.

On this national anniversary, we must all look to the future. Our wise leadership has created all the conditions and opportunities in favor of women. We must ask: Where do Saudi women stand today among the women of the world? There is no doubt that Saudi women are living today one of their most brilliant historical stages, and in an exceptional state that enables them to truly participate. They must invest this golden age in creating the future and the space of empowerment granted to them in the service of their homeland.

Women must realize their identity and what they want to be in the future, especially after the adoption of laws and the approval of reforms to prove that they are up to the responsibility and confidence that the leadership and society have given them.

We are entitled to be proud of the changes that women have witnessed, and the changes that have been achieved at the cultural and social levels. Therefore, I believe that Saudi National Day is not just a national occasion, but an opportunity to examine the developments that Saudi women have contributed to in their country, and to draw the features of the future, on whose doorstep they stand today.

This article was first published in Arab News

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