Women's Equality at the Forefront-Historic Election in Saudi Arabia

Message by Dr Kerim

A historic landmark for women’s rights and equality in Saudi Arabia. About 19 Saudi women have won seats and representation in the local elections. 
As one of the founding member nations of the UN, Saudi Arabia has taken a momentous step forward in women’s rights.

After all, the 61st president elect of the General Assembly was H.E. Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa from Bahrain, a nation with similar values and traditions to Saudi Arabia which only reaffirms the necessity for women to begin braking the glass ceiling and taking center stage in all aspects of governance. 

Women should be allowed an uncensored freedom of opinion and the right to express their voice in the decision-making process in their respective nations. Women represent a major and vital part of the political world and we cannot discuss global progress without acknowledging the significance of women’s emancipation and empowerment.This very notion of gender equality represents one of the major priorities in my UN platform, as an absolute prerequisite for achieving a just and democratic society.   

14 December 2015