UNCT and King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue highlight the Role of Saudi Women in promoting Social Cohesion

Mar 9, 2016

RIYADH – 9th March 2016: On occasion of the International Women’s Day, the United Nations Country Team in Saudi Arabia and King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND), held panel discussions under the title “The Role of Saudi Women in Social Cohesion”.

The event, which was held at the UN Building, included screenings of award winning short movies that are produced locally with messages promoting peace and dialogue, and panel discussion on the role of Saudi women in promoting social cohesion.

The first panel discussion titled “The role of Saudi Women in Social Cohesion” included Dr. Omaima Al Khamees, who presented “us and the others” initiative highlighting the role of women in progress, Kawthar Al Arbash, who talked about her own personal experience in sending messages of peace and tolerance after the death of her son in Dammam mosque bomb blast last year, Dr. Maysoun Al Enizi who talked about social cohesion in a diverse society – success story from the northern region and Hamad Al-Kadi who discussed the  role of women in social cohesion in the Kingdom – the past and the future.

The second panel discussion titled “Saudi Women Nurturing Social Cohesion” had three panelists; Abdullah Al-Qahtani, who discussed social cohesion and how to start from within, Fatima Al Hussein Children’s literature to promote tolerance, Aljohara Al Ghusoun: Social cohesion within the family – a successful initiative.

The event also highlighted the example of the holy city of Makkah as a model city for social cohesion and tolerance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the world.

Amal Al Moallimi, Head of the Women Branch, King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND), introduced the panel discussions saying, “In the beginning I would like to thank the United Nations Country Team for collaborating with King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue to celebrate this event, which embodies the concept of cultural exchange between Saudi Arabia represented in the Center and the international community represented in the United Nations. It’s indeed a great celebration where panelists and attendees presented an extraordinary image for social cohesion and a refined Saudi way of thinking.”

The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number five -Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls- and number 4 –Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

The Security Council Resolution 1325 on women and peace and security reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

Resolution 1325 urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts. The resolution provides a number of important operational mandates, with implications for Member States and the entities of the United Nations system.

The United Nations Secretary General’s message on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2016 stated:

“We have shattered so many glass ceilings we created a carpet of shards. Now we are sweeping away the assumptions and bias of the past so women can advance across new frontiers. When I arrived at the United Nations, there were no women leading our peace missions in the field. Now, nearly a quarter of all UN missions are headed by women – far from enough but still a vast improvement.

I am echoing the calls of many who know women can drive success in achieving our bold 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and advancing the Paris Agreement on climate change. On this International Women’s Day, I remain outraged by the denial of rights to women and girls – but I take heart from the people everywhere who act on the secure knowledge that women’s empowerment leads to society’s advancement.

Let us devote solid funding, courageous advocacy and unbending political will to achieving gender equality around the world. There is no greater investment in our common future.”


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Communications Associate

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