Women in Saudi Arabia hold massive conference to inspire girls in the Kingdom

March 12, 2017 | By | Reply More

The women only unique only event took place in capital Riyadh on Saturday, and involved women from a wide range of careers.

saudi arabia womenKey note speakers was Raha Moharrak, 31, who made history in 2013 as the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest.

She wanted girls to be taught that they were not less than boys.

‘She further said my journey started as a mini-rebellion … I wanted to shock my parents,’ Moharrak told the conference, where male attendees sat behind a curtain divider.

‘She said she has reached a certain age in her life when everyone expected me to fit into a certain box. I wasn’t ready to stop my ambition.’

Hadeel Ayoub, one of the speakers who invented a smart glove that converts sign language to text and Lama Al Sulaiman, who quit after being voted on to a municipal council because she had to sit in a different room.

Women should be promoted to leadership positions today is a must, and there should be women everywhere,’ Al Sulaiman told the conference of about 200 women.

‘Saudi women can’.

Campaigner from British women’s rights and barrister Cherie Blair was also in attendance.

The event was organised by charity Alwaleed Philanthropies, which helps women in the country.

Its secretary general Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud said she wanted the conference to draw attention to woman’s achievements and inspire the next generation.

Women in Saudi Arabia can now sit on the government’s advisory Shura Council, vote in municipal elections and work in some retail and hospitality jobs.

But the country still has a long way to go in terms of women’s rights.

It still has a strict policy of gender segregation, and certain activities – such as driving – are still off-limits.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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