Webinar: ‘Gender, economy and culture in Saudi Arabia’

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On April 7 was held, the virtual seminar ‘Gender, economy and culture in Saudi Arabia’ organized by the Embassy of Mexico in KSA and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) through its University Program for Asian Studies and Africa (PUEAA) and its Center for Mexican Studies in the United Kingdom.

The seminar featured the participation of three prominent Saudi women as panelists and was part of the activities organized by the embassy between March and April in the context of International Women’s Day, to highlight the gender balance agenda promoted by the Government of Mexico and the actions to favor the feminist foreign policy of the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

The panelists, Dr. Thoraya Obaid, Dr. Fawziah AlBakr and Salma Al-Rashid, presented from their respective perspectives the advances in the gender agenda in Saudi Arabia, which have been promoted by a series of reforms to the legal system of this country. including the criminalization of domestic violence and sexual harassment, the possibility for women to obtain driver’s licenses, the elimination of permits from a male guardian to open businesses or obtain a passport and travel, the possibility of legally serving as heads of home, among others.

In his speech, the head of the embassy in Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Aníbal Gómez Toledo, stressed that such changes are part of a broad process of modernization in that country within its ‘Vision 2030’ strategy, at the same time that they have contributed to projecting a more inclusive Saudi society.

About the panelists:

Dr. Thoraya Obaid. She is a member of the Independent Panel for Preparedness and Response to the Saudi Arabian Pandemic and until December 2020 she served as president of the Women 20 (W20) during the Saudi presidency of the G20.
Dr. Fawziah AlBakr. Academic, professor at ‘King Saud University’ and promoter of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.
Salma Al-Rashid. Advocacy director for the non-governmental organization ‘Alnahda Society’, based in Riyadh, and Saudi Sherpa for the G20 liaison group W20.
More than 700 people entered the seminar during its live broadcast and more than 1,000 visits have been recorded to date.

Interested people can watch the wbinar of the following link: