Education as a Gateway for Saudi Women, National Transformation

Access to education represents a critical milestone, and one Saudi Arabia has embraced in it’s efforts to embolden and empower the country’s female population.

For women in Saudi—and across the developing and developed world—education offers an integral starting point to equip women with the tools and resources to contribute to society. Research from the World Bank, the World Economic Forum and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development demonstrate the economic benefits reaped from women who receive an education. In Saudi specifically, the Kingdom’s ambitious economic transformation program needs women’s participation to achieve the country’s diversification goals.

From the Top, Down

The advances of Saudi women traces to a lineage of Saudi royalty committed to integrating women into existing and evolving facets of Saudi society. Indeed, under former Saudi King Faisal Bin Ibn Abdul Aziz, the Kingdom established the nation’s first schools for girls to broaden girls’ access to education.

Today, Vision 2030 aims to reach 30 percent of Saudi female participation in the country’s workforce. Saudi women are increasingly heading executive roles in the corporate world and leadership positions in the government sector. The nation’s labor ministry has created—and is continuing to develop—thousands of positions for women, remotely and on-the-ground.

Evolving societal dynamics continually push the fold, both inspiring innovation in how best to embed women into the workforce, while resolving obstacles hampering women’s capabilities among the private and public realms, respectively. Last month, the Saudi government issued a directive that agencies review and rid of any ingrained rules barring women professional access without guardianship approval. The country is progressing ahead—and it’s no doubt: it’s women who are leading the charge.

Read more at Arabian Business.