Saudi Arabia to establish Future Women’s Civil Association

24/10/20

Ahmed Al-Rajhi. (Supplied)
  • The association’s mission will be to empower, develop, promote, and educate women to contribute toward the objectives of the national vision

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to establish a Future Women’s Civil Association to help develop the work of the volunteer and nonprofit sector in the Kingdom. Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi said his decision to set up the civil society was in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan to grow the charity sector in the country.
The association’s mission will be to empower, develop, promote, and educate women to contribute toward the objectives of the national vision, while supporting female participation in leading the Kingdom’s future social, economic, and cultural development.

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Princess Nouf bint Mohammed, chair of the Civil Society 20

09/10/20

Princess Nouf bint Mohammed is the chair of the Civil Society 20 (C20), one of the eight independent engagement groups of the G20. According to the C20 website, the group “provides a platform of Civil Society Organizations around the world to bring forth a nongovernment and nonbusiness voice” and “provides a space through which CSOs can contribute in a structured and sustained manner to the G20.”
Recently, the C20 virtual summit convened amid calls for world leaders to make bold reforms and commit to health, education and social protection investments, while taking ambitious steps toward climate action and biodiversity protection. More than 4,000 civil society leaders, representing 109 countries, discussed their concerns and demands ahead of the G20 Summit next month.
Princess Nouf has been the CEO of the King Khalid Foundation (KKF) since 2019 and is the chairperson of the Saudi ADHD Society and a member of the Al-Nahda Society for Women. She is a committed philanthropist and a strong supporter of Saudi civil society. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in business management. She has represented the KKF and the Saudi ADHD Society in several international civil society meetings. The Saudi ADHD Society is a nonprofit organization that supports and provides services to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Over her 24 years with the KKF, Princess Nouf has played an essential role in shaping the foundation’s finances, activities, and its strategic direction, “focusing on creating equal opportunities and prosperity in Saudi Arabia as well as the Foundation’s engagements and support for the nonprofit sector,” according to the C20 site.

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Modon Oasis project in Yanbu will help to empower women, says Madinah governor

04/10/20

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman. (SPA)
  • Light and eco-friendly businesses under development include jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, fashion, fabrics, electronics and medical equipment

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman has stressed the important role of the Modon Oasis project in Yanbu in empowering women and supporting their development.

The project looks to help women integrate into the industrial sector, assist entrepreneurs in the job market and promote small and medium-sized enterprises.

Prince Faisal’s comments came during an inspection tour of the industrial oasis in Yanbu where 20 plants are under construction, each covering a total area of 450 square meters. The governor was accompanied by Khalid Al-Salem, director general of the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon).

Prince Faisal reviewed details and phases of the oasis, which is being developed as a model industrial city adapted to boost women’s role in the workforce.

Light and eco-friendly businesses under development include jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, fashion, fabrics, electronics and medical equipment. They are part of Modon initiatives within the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program.

Al-Salem thanked Prince Faisal for his support of Modon and said that several service and development projects are being implemented, including a potable water network, doors and fences.

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KSrelief Implements Empowerment Projects to Improve Livelihoods and Achieve SDGs in Yemen

Time: 20 July, 2020

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) has implemented many empowerment projects to assist vulnerable groups in Yemen. The projects aim to improve livelihoods, achieve sustainable development, and support families economically, socially, and psychologically. The initiatives also provide basic necessities to people in need, helping to alleviate the severity of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

The “Project to Provide Emergency Livelihoods for IDPs and Host Communities in Governorates Affected by the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen” was implemented in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from 15 July 2015 to 15 July 2016. The project benefited 554,486 people, empowering farmers by providing agricultural inputs. Components of the program included the provision of crop seeds, agricultural equipment and tools, mineral fertilizers, fishing nets, cryogenic and freezer boxes, and marine engines for fishing boats. Other services included the installation of solar pumps to provide water for farms suffering from water shortages due to the lack of fossil fuels for pumps, thus helping farmers to generate sufficient water to sustain their crops and livestock.

The “Protecting Civil Society for Human Rights and Providing Psychological and Social Support to Victims Project” was implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 1 January 2015 to 1 January 2016. The project’s 3,704 beneficiaries were assisted by the project’s empowerment of local civil society organizations through the collection, documentation and archiving of information related to human rights violations

The “Project to Strengthen Multiple Life-Saving Sectors (protection, response and health services) for the Most Vulnerable Groups” was implemented in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) between 1 September 2015 and 29 February 2016. Some 313,375 people benefited from this project to prevent gender-based violence, which is described as any act of physical, psychological or social violence. The project also addressed the empowerment of service centers to provide basic and comprehensive emergency care for 100 health facilities.

The “Project to Support and Sponsor Orphans” was implemented in cooperation with the Yemeni International Organization. Implemented between 27 July 2017 to 23 April 2018, the project benefited 100 families and their children who have been orphaned. Families were given financial, social and educational support with the aim of saving and improving the lives of this vulnerable group.

The “My Skills My Livelihoods” project was implemented to improve the livelihoods of orphans in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR).  From 1 July to 30 October 2018, 1,750 orphans and their families received support from this project through vocational and professional skill-building. Many families also received equipment and financial help to start small and businesses to enable them to become part of their local economic markets.

The “You are not Alone” project was implemented to support the families of orphans affected by events in Yemen, and was carried out in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR) from 1 December 2018 to 12 December 2019. It benefited 1,680 orphans and their families by economically empowering them through vocational training and adult education courses. The project also providing psychological and medical care, and helped children to stay in school and complete their education.

The “Project to Improve Life and Enhance the Resilience of Societies” was implemented in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief (BCHR) from 5 June 2018 to 5 August 2019. Benefiting 3,750 women, youth and family members, the goal of the project was to economically empower them by providing vocational and administrative rehabilitative services.

The “Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Program” was implemented from 9 September 2017 to 8 January 2019; its goal was to provide social and psychological empowerment through the rehabilitation of children who were recruited and otherwise affected by the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The goals of the program were to reintegrate the children into their homes, schools and communities, and to educate parents about the many traumatic effects of recruitment on their children’s well-being. The courses also taught parents how to create safe and stable family environments for their children.

The “Project to Help Integrate Returning and Displaced Students in the Host Communities in Lahij Governorate” was implemented in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) between 6 May 2018 and 4 January 2020. A total of 4,468 male and female students and teachers benefited from the project, which empowered students educationally through the restoration of schools and the provision of educational materials. It also empowered and trained teachers socially and psychologically on ways to deal with students.

The “Integrated Agriculture Response Project for the Most Vulnerable Families in Al Hudaydah and Taiz Project” was implemented in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from 5 June 2018 to 31 March 2020. The project supported 8,400 beneficiaries, including both male and female farmers. Its goal was to empower farmers by providing farming tools and agricultural seeds to build food security by grow food for themselves and their communities. The project also further empowered farmers by training them on how to produce high-value crops to promote food sustainability.

The “Seed of Safety” Project is being implemented from 22 March 2020 to 22 March 2021. The project will benefit 600 orphans and 100 female breadwinners, and empower single mothers by providing multi-sectoral humanitarian support, such as the provision of food baskets and health and psychological services. The program also empowers breadwinners via economic programs and vocational and professional training, in addition to providing educational support to orphans.

These projects are all part of the commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by KSrelief, to provide various services to the Yemeni people and support the leading humanitarian, relief and development projects in the country. The bigger goal is to improve living conditions and alleviate the suffering of all in need in the country.

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