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Economics Quarterly: To Spend or Not to Spend? – Sfakianakis
03/31/2011

Economics Quarterly: To Spend or Not to Spend? – Sfakianakis

Spending and taking additional measures to filter down the wealth by oil exporters is a necessity, not an option. As the Middle East is grappling with social unrest, Saudi Arabia has no choice but to spend and generate confidence. Handouts and the start of structural reforms are well placed. The country’s political outlook is stable as regional uncertainty continues.

“Women in Leadership Forum” Calls for Action
12/09/2010

“Women in Leadership Forum” Calls for Action

In May Jafar Alshayeb, chairman of the Qatif municipal council, wrote that women’s rights held a central place in social reform efforts in “Women’s Rights Gain Focus in Saudi Arabia,” for the Carnegie Endowment’s “Arab Reform Bulletin.” He offered that King Abdullah’s “relatively liberal position” created an opening for initiatives empowering women. Alshayeb noted advancements like: appointing a women deputy minister of education; firing a cleric for condemning coed education at the landmark King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; and elevating women to posts at chambers of commerce in Jeddah and the Eastern Province. In the introduction to SUSRIS’ posting of Alshayeb’s report we noted that Thomas Lippman in his book on US-Saudi relations, “Inside the Mirage,” wrote in 2004, “I’ve had the strong impression from visiting Saudi Arabia that there is a new generation of educated Saudi women who are trying to claim what they think is their proper place in the economic and social life of the country, as indeed they should. For economic reasons if no other they are gradually going to be accommodated. So what you see, as so often happens in Saudi Arabia, is the attempt to balance the progressive instincts of some parts of the society against what I would call the retrogressive instincts of other parts of the society. It’s a difficult balance to manage and that’s the job of the House of Saud.”

Jobs for Women – Arab News Editorial
12/09/2010

Jobs for Women – Arab News Editorial

In Saudi Arabia, it is not the glass ceiling that is the prime issue, it is the “glass floor.” The two-day Women In Leadership Forum held in Jeddah this week has made is an important contribution to the ongoing process of improving the status of women in Saudi society. This is a country where leaders are held in the highest respect; their views on a wide variety of issues are listened to and commended and their lifestyle and business choices emulated. So when people see — as we do — women taking up leadership positions in banks and businesses, chambers of commerce and municipalities, universities and hospitals, in training, IT and PR companies and even in government and the diplomatic service, it sends a positive message that this is approved at the highest levels and should be spread throughout society. That is indeed happening.

Government Jobs for Saudi Women
05/29/2007

Government Jobs for Saudi Women

Crown Prince Sultan [May 26] announced plans to allocate one third of government jobs to Saudi women and to create additional job opportunities for them

Finding Space to Meet The Challenge of Youth
04/11/2007

Finding Space to Meet The Challenge of Youth

In Saudi Arabia, the young are findings more ways around the conservative regulation of public life. From dating to listening to music, they are testing the strict hold of religion on a kingdom ruled by the Koran and the same family for decades. Indeed, with more than 70 percent of its citizens under 30, the oil-rich country is being forced to find more room for freedoms

Saudi Businesswomen Seek Greater Participation
03/21/2007

Saudi Businesswomen Seek Greater Participation

“The situation has resulted in more than SR60 billion leaving the Kingdom because of expatriates being employed,” said Al-Olayan. “I believe that we could save a third of this amount by increasing employment opportunities for women and then reinvesting the money to benefit our society.”

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