For the first time… appointing a Saudi woman to a leadership position in education – photo – Kush News
The Saudi authorities decided to appoint a woman to a leadership position in the field of education for the first time in its history, according to the “Sabq” newspaper.
The newspaper said that the Ministry of Education appointed Manal bint Mubarak Al-Luhaibi as Director General of Education in Jeddah Governorate.
The decision came as part of several assignments to directors in various regions and governorates of the Kingdom, issued on Monday.
The “Leaders” account on Twitter, which focuses on the role of women in Saudi Arabia in the public and private sectors, stated that Manal Al-Luhaibi graduated in the general education corps and held a number of leadership positions, including Assistant Director General of Education in Jeddah Governorate for Educational Affairs for Girls, Director of the Educational Supervision Department for Girls in Jeddah Education, and Director of the Education Office in Central Jeddah for Girls.
Women constitute 49.8 percent of the number of Saudi citizens. Saudi Arabia has been embarking on a campaign of social reforms for years to ease the restrictions imposed on women, as it allowed them to drive cars and enter most sectors of the labor market.
During international events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Riyadh highlights the significant increase in the percentage of working women from 16% in 2016 to 37% now.