According to Dr. Abrar Abdulmannan Bar, head of the knowledge department at the Salam Project for Cultural Communication and an authority on women’s empowerment, Saudi women have significantly contributed to the economic and social growth of the Kingdom. This was accomplished by giving women the abilities necessary for holding leadership roles. “Women’s empowerment is a global concern and an integral part of the development plans around the world,” said Bar, who is also a visiting junior assistant professor at Tokai University in Japan. Over 293,000 women entered the workforce in just five years after the Kingdom’s Vision announced in 2016. According to Bar, empowering women benefits society as they will be better able to educate their children, improve their homes, and in return improve their communities. She asserted men should take part in occupational balance, and that they too should be included in household life as well. In order to attain this equilibrium and achieve professional, administrative, personal, and domestic achievements, Bar maintained that there needs be a culture of continual support, and it is typical to encounter certain roadblocks and difficulties.
Among the several projects developed by the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development in partnership with the venerable French business school, INSEAD, is the Women Leaders 2030 Mentoring and Leadership Training Initiative for Female Cadres. The program’s goal is to offer Saudi women the leadership skills they need to succeed both domestically and abroad.
The Salam Project for Cultural Communication also offers a curriculum called the Young Leadership Qualification Program for Global Communication that encourages interreligious and intercultural communication. Over 250 Saudi male and female youngsters were trained in this program, according to Bar, who claimed that 50 percent of the trainees were Saudi women.
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The Leadership Program, a project of the Women’s Leadership Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, was launched concurrently with this accomplishment. The initiative prepares young Saudi women for leadership roles by working with regional and international specialists.
Continued efforts are being made to empower women and open up employment opportunities for them, as well as to foster an environment where every Saudi Arabian citizen can realize their potential by giving back to society and assisting in the nation's achievement’s ambitious reforms and far-reaching goals outlined in Vision 2030.