Saudi Arabia joins G20 women’s empowerment initiative

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Saudi women are seen at the first automotive showroom solely dedicated for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia January 11, 2018. (REUTERS)
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Saudi women check out cars at an automotive exhibition for women in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 13, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 30 June 2019

Saudi Arabia joins G20 women’s empowerment initiative

  • The initiative aims to reduce the gap between male and female pay by a quarter in the next seven years

OSAKA: Saudi Arabia joined an initiative on women’s empowerment at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. 
The Kingdom signed a pledge to promote participation in the workforce, enhance education and stimulate involvement in the small to medium business sector. 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the initiative under the motto “women are able to shine,” on the closing day of the summit. He said: “The G20 members will make a united effort to promote women’s empowerment. I believe that these efforts will be a driving force for further development of the G20 as a whole.”
Saudi Arabia is one of the members of the “troika” that organizes the W20 offshoot to promote female participation in economics and politics.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the UN’s special advocate for inclusive finance, said: “I want to thank the troika, Argentina, Japan and Saudi Arabia, for supporting this important initiative to promote inclusive economic growth for women.”

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The initiative aims to reduce the gap between male and female pay by a quarter in the next seven years.

She said that if women were employed in the global workforce at the same rate as men, it could add $28 trillion to the global GDP by 2025.
The initiative aims to reduce the gap between male and female pay by a quarter in the next seven years. 
It also hopes to guarantee access to education for all women in the world for at least 12 years. Japan is paying to educate 4 million girls in developing countries for the next three years.
The initiative will also seek to support female small businesses via the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) launched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s rights body underscores role of youth in progress

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s rights body underscores role of youth in progress

  • The OIC body stressed the need to invest in the education

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) called on all member states to bolster their efforts to integrate the role of youth in achieving the goals of sustainable development.

In a statement issued on Tuesday marking the “International Human Rights Day,” the rights body said in order to capitalize on the youth potential, the OIC has proposed a “youth strategy” with particular focus on alleviating poverty, promoting universal education and ensuring gender equality.

It said the energy and creativity of youth are vital for building peace and inclusive societies.

The OIC body stressed the need to invest in the education and character building of the youth for a better future.

The IPHRC, realizing the importance of youth, held its 2019 annual seminar on the subject of “Importance of promoting and protecting the rights of youth for building peaceful democratic societies and sustainable development,” in Tashkent in October.