This came in the Kingdom’s speech that he delivered during the high-level meeting held by the United Nations General Assembly (Thursday) virtually, on the occasion of the quarter-century since the Fourth Conference on Women (Beijing Conference) was held.
Faisal bin Farhan said: We are meeting today on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, and the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action Declaration, to affirm the commitment to following up the progress made in all areas of empowering women, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has paid great attention to the participation of the international community on what has been achieved in this The framework, where the government of my country presented its report recently on what has been achieved in implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in accordance with the methodology adopted by the United Nations, indicating that the report reviewed the most important achievements of women as well as the challenges that we are working to overcome in order to complete the system of empowering women in all aspects of their lives.
He pointed out that the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action this year coincides with two important events for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the regional and international levels, indicating that at the regional level, the Kingdom this year chairs the Women’s Committee at the League of Arab States and represents Arab countries in the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs added: The Kingdom’s presidency of the Women’s Committee includes the Kingdom’s hosting of the committee’s work and working with the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States in order to follow up the implementation of the committee’s recommendations at the level of Arab countries that would advance and empower Arab women in all areas of life. Capital of Arab Women) during the meeting of the thirty-ninth session of the committee, which was held in Riyadh under the umbrella of the League of Arab States and the Kingdom’s presidency of the committee for this year, and this announcement is a reflection of the role and position of the Kingdom that it is doing at all levels, and a confirmation of the tremendous efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to advance the status of women And the extent of the tangible developments achieved by Saudi women.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan emphasized that this year coincides with the presidency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the G20, as my government has drawn up the axes and priorities of its presidency to focus on empowering people, preserving the planet and forming new horizons, and a team has been formed to follow up the issue of empowering women as a common priority for all working groups to emphasize the participation of Women in decision-making and their access to all opportunities related to financial, economic and developmental inclusion.
He stressed that the G20 countries affirmed their commitment to enhancing women’s and girls’ access to education and training opportunities, in addition to reducing the gender wage gap, supporting women to enter and joining the labor market, providing equal opportunities for women to access means of support, promoting fair practices in the work environment, and increasing women’s participation in investment. And raise her financial awareness.
He continued: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has witnessed systematic reforms in order to empower women and increase their participation in the labor market, and these efforts have been reflected in studies, reports and international indicators that show the progress of countries in various aspects, and I mention, for example, but not limited to, the remarkable progress that the Kingdom obtained in the development index. Humanity (ranked 36 out of 189 countries), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) report on gender justice and the World Bank Group report. It was also ranked the most advanced and reformed country among 190 countries around the world, becoming the first in the Gulf and the second in the Arab world, and this achievement comes as a result of legislative reforms in Regulations and regulations related to women that aim to enhance their role in economic development and raise the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
He noted that women in the Kingdom participate in decision-making by assuming leadership positions, whether at the governmental or non-governmental level, where women occupy 20% of the membership seats in the Shura Council and 50% of the membership of the Council of the Human Rights Commission. In elections and nomination in municipal councils on an equal basis with men, in addition to her continued participation in the elections of the boards of directors of chambers of commerce and general assemblies, her leadership of business, her presence in diplomatic work, her representation of the Kingdom in international forums, and her appointment to high positions in various sectors.
He reviewed the level of amendments to the regulations and legislation that included (the labor system, the social insurance system, the civil status system, the travel document system, the traffic system and its executive regulations, and the judicial legislation related to divorce, custody and alimony).
He pointed out that the package of legislative amendments aimed at fully empowering women to manage their lives and fair access to opportunities and comprehensive access to all government services, pointing out that the “Saudi Arabia 2030 vision,” which was launched 4 years ago, came to draw up a national plan for comprehensive development for all individuals. Society, and among the most prominent means and mechanisms to achieve this vision, is the launch of some programs, such as the National Transformation Program, which has set among its goals: Increasing the percentage of women’s participation in the labor market by 25% in 2020, and this goal has been, thank God, exceeded.
His Highness concluded the speech by saying: It must be recognized that the road ahead is long and the challenges are great, but my government seeks to monitor all the obstacles or challenges that women still face in the world of work or at the family level or in relation to achieving a balance between both, in order to work to confront them The National Vision 2030 affirms that women do not constitute only half of society, but rather are half of the human wealth, and half of the national capabilities and ambition. Therefore, it was necessary to work at all levels to ensure that women obtain all their rights and economic opportunities to become an active element in growth and prosperity. Motherland.
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