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FIRST WOMEN MINISTER IN SAUDI CABINET

 
 
Reply Sun 15 Feb, 2009 03:18 pm
the times they are changing - even in saudi arabia !
the first woman has been been appointed to a cabinet post in saudi arabia's government .
no doubt this will cause an outcry in a male dominated society , but it seems that change - if ever so slowly - is taking place .
hbg

full text :
http://www.france24.com/en/20090214-cabinet-reshuffle-includes-king-abdullah-first-woman-saudi-arabia

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AFP - Norah al-Fayez, the first woman ever named to a ministerial post in Saudi Arabia, has put a crack in the thick glass ceiling that the country's strict version of Islam sets against her gender.

The veteran education administrator was named to the new post of deputy education minister for women's education as part of a sweeping shakeup of the government announced Saturday by the country's reform-minded absolute monarch King Abdullah.

"This is a successful step. We've always suffered from having a man occupy the position" overseeing women's education, the English-language Arab News newspaper quoted her as saying.

"A woman knows what problems and challenges her peers face. It's a change for the better," she said.
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