الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية United States of America mission # United Nations The Delegate Delegate News International Women's Day International Women's Day Page ContentKey developments affected the role of Saudi women in different aspectsincluding political, economic and social reforms. Although development isstill slow, Saudi women are achieving major accomplishments in spite of allchallenges. Notable progress in the Kingdom on the status of women hasbeen achieved in different areas; this includes positive change in health care,education choices, and employment opportunities for women.The International Women's Day (IWD), which is marked on March8 every year, celebrates and promotes women’s equality and development. InSaudi Arabia, change is definitely taking place, the past few years have beenremarkably successful for women in the Kingdom.In September 2011, King Abdullah announced that women would begranted the right to participate in AlShoura Councel, and to both vote andstand for election. In January 2013, King Abdullah appointed 30 women tothe consultative Shoura. In December 2015, women were elected to localgovernment offices for the first time in Saudi Arabia and it was also the firsttime they had the right to vote.Saudi Arabia is tiptoeing on women progress, but the road is still longto go. In the International Women’s Day, equality for women is definitelyprogress for all. Not engaging women in the development process of thecountry will have negative economical social and political impact on theKingdom, despite the supposed constraints of traditions and social customs,female figures have made remarkable contributions to the rise of Saudiwomen in different fields.In the International Women’s Day, the Permeant Saudi Mission to theUN would like highlights some of the most recent Saudi womenachievements: Mona AlMunajjed has worked over 15 years with various UNagencies. In recognition of her efforts, she has received the UnitedNations 21 Commendation Award. Haifaa Al Mansour popular worldwide for directing the movie‘Wadjda’ which was Saudi Arabia’s first ever-official entry for theOscars. Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran became the country’s first Saudi femalepracticing lawyer and the following year she opened the country’sfirst ever all-female practice. Hayat Sindi is recognized as one of the most pioneering women inscience across the Middle East. For her work in diagnostics andbiotechnology she has received accolades from all over the world. Somayya Jabarti is the first female editor-in-chief of Saudi Gazette in2014, and she became the first woman ever to take control of one ofSaudi Arabia’s newspapers. Raha Moharrak Moharrak became the first Saudi woman to conquerMount Everest. She is also the youngest Arab to achieve the feat. Herlist of achievements also includes scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, MountVinson, Mount Elbrus and various other notable peaks. Thoraya Obaid Obaid served as the executive director of the UnitedNational Population Fund for 10 years and as an under-secretarygeneral of the United Nations. After her tenure, she went on to chairWLP’s board of directors and become a member of the ShouraCouncil. In her work with different governmental authorities, she hasmanaged to establish many programmes for the empowerment ofwomen, as a recognition for her efforts Thoraya Obaid receives theUN Population Award from Deputy in 2015.