Weam Al Dakheel is a Saudi Arabian journalist who has become the first woman to anchor the main news bulletin on the country’s state-run TV channel. She has been said to have made history, as she co-presented Al Saudiya’s 9.30pm news bulletin on Thursday, alongside a male colleague. People all over the internet have been praising her work, claiming that her appearance marked a milestone in the conservative kingdom.
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She previously worked a reported for CNBC Arabia as well as a presenter for the Bahrain-based Al-Arab News Channel. The channel she appeared in, Al Saudiya, was formerly known as Saudi TV Channel and it is state-run as well as administered by the Ministry of Culture and Information.
Saudi Arabia is allowing women to drive, attend football games, as well as taking jobs, like anchoring the news, that were previously not allowed due to the traditional gender roles. All this as part of The Crown Prince’s ‘Vision 2030’-plan, that is trying to modernize Saudi Arabia.
However, women there still need permission from a male relative, if they want to work, marry, or travel.
According to DailyMail, a recent poll found that Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for women. The kingdom was named as the second worst for women, when it comes to economic opportunities and discriminatory policies, after Afghanistan.
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is trying to raise women to approximately one-third of the workforce, from the current 22-percent, and this by the end of the next decade. However, the campaigners for human rights have called the plan a ‘mirage’.
Saudi Arabia is now allowing women to drive, attend football games, as well as taking jobs that were previously not allowed due to the traditional gender roles.