July 19, 2019
Middle East

Quality education key to boosting Saudi womens workforce participation

Fri, 2019-07-12 00:13

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia, represented by its permanent mission to the UN, held a symposium on Wednesday to discuss the importance of quality education in increasing womens participation in the labor force.

The delegation hosted the symposium at the UNs headquarters in New York, during the UNs High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Saudi Arabias deputy permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Khalid Manzlawiy, stressed that one of the most important factors for the empowerment of women in various fields and sectors is sustainable quality education.

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According to the Pew Research Center, the Kingdoms labor force comprised of 23 percent female in 2018, an increase of 7 percent from 1998 figures.

Princess Reem bint Mansour Al-Saud, a member of the Saudi Economic and Financial Committee of the delegation, participated in a panel discussion on the Kingdoms efforts to increase womens participation in the workforce — describing it as one of Saudi Vision 2030s most important objectives — and explored attitudes toward women in the workplace, and the percentage of Saudi women currently employed in the Kingdom.

Yasmine Ali, a member of Singapores delegation, highlighted her countrys history of implementing education policies which have enhanced womens long-term economic and social benefits, and how it has affected the empowerment of women in the labor market there, adding that Singapore is one of the worlds most advanced countries in when it comes to education.

Arab News

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