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World Bank Report Showcases Progress in Saudi Reforms in Women Empowerment

Saudi Arabia records more progress in women empowerment and their participation in the economy. This year’s World Bank Group “Women, Business and the Law (WBL)” report demonstrated higher progress on a global measure of legal ephors to boost gender equality.

The Kingdom earned itself a score of 80 in 2021, up from 70.6 in 2020. The increase in performance was translated into five indicators, where the country reached the top of the score such as mobility, workplace, pay, entrepreneurship and pension.

Standing along there economies that have long vested in women empowerment, Saudi Arabia’s high-ranking achievements are consequence of the wave of reforms implemented in recent years.

“The Kingdom’s performance reflects King Salman’s commitment to enabling Saudi women to fully participate in the social and economic development of the country. It also reflects Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to ensure an effective whole-of-government approach to implementing women’s legal reforms. Saudi Arabia’s reforms build on changes implemented since the launch of Vision 2030 in 2016, including lifting restrictions on women’s mobility, equalizing access to public services, guaranteeing equal benefits in the labor market, and instituting protections against harassment in the workplace and in public spaces,” reported Arab News on the comments made by the commerce minister and chairman of the National Competitiveness Center Majid Al-Qasabi.

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