Saudi women

Summary: following the lifting of the driving ban some more chipping away at restrictions on women, but activists harshly treated.
The ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was lifted in June last year.

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  1. Thank you for this. Just a small contribution that Saudi Arabia holds the presidency of the G20 in 2020. This includes taking initiatives on reducing the gender gap as promoted by the W20 – one of the engagement groups under the G20 umbrella. Not surprisingly, Saudi Arabia is at the bottom of the G20 countries in the key target set by the G20 during the Australian presidency in 2014 to reduce the gender gap in labour market participation ratio 25% by 2025 (“25-by-25”). About half the G20 countries are on course to meet this target with some such as Japan, Turkey, Indonesia having made big progress in recent years. This will be a crucial year for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia as the presidency of the G20 will bring this international dialogue on gender to the domestic level. With its long term aim to increase domestic employment, government policy already aims to promote women’s labour force participation and boost financial and digital inclusion as outlined above. Saudi women are also hoping this international focus will help the breaking down of the formidable cultural barriers. Good luck to them and do keep reporting on it.

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