President of Saudi Human Rights Commission Reviews Saudi Arabia’s Reforms during Mexico-hosted Global Ministerial Forum against Racism and Discrimination

Thursday 1444/5/7 - 2022/12/01
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Mexico City, December 1, 2022, SPA – President of the Saudi Human Rights Commission Dr. Hala Al-Tuwaijri has highlighted the leading and comprehensive reforms that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is witnessing in human rights and its experience in combating racism and discrimination out of its profound values and constitutional principles. Al-Tuwaijri stressed that Saudi Vision 2030 included several goals that contributed to making the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia among top countries in various fields, including women’s empowerment.
Dr. Al-Tuwaijri’s remarks came while she headed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the Global Ministerial Forum against Racism and Discrimination, which UNESCO organized between November 28 and 29 in Mexico City.
During her participation in the ministerial round table, which dealt with the establishing of the UNESCO roadmap against racism and discrimination, Al-Tuwaijri reviewed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s experience in this field, pointing out that combating racism and discrimination represent well-established values and constitutional principles of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
While participating in Panel 4 of the event dubbed "Catalyzing the debate to advance the rights of women, adolescents and girls", she explained, by reviewing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s experience in combating discrimination against women and girls, that the Saudi Vision 2030 included many goals that contributed to making the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia among the most advanced countries in the field of women's empowerment. She also highlighted the most important aspects of reforms related to women's rights and empowerment, including the amendment of labor regulations, civil status, social insurance, documentation and travel, protection against harm, child protection, the issuance of the personal status bylaw, the bylaw for combating harassment, and increasing women's participation in the labor market from 17% to 36.4%, which exceeds the Saudi Vision 2030’s target of 30%.
Dr. Al- Tuwaijri stressed that the Kingdom's human rights reforms had not stopped even in light of global crises, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions, explaining that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has dealt with this pandemic in accordance with a human rights-based approach.
The Kingdom's delegation participating in the forum included representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture, the Human Rights Commission, the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, the permanent delegation of the Kingdom to UNESCO and the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Mexico Haitham Al-Malki.
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