Newsbrief: Women in Saudi Arabia gain an empowerment fund

by Haley Gardner
edited by Ryan Martin

Germany has agreed to set up a $200m fund for women empowerment in Saudi Arabia, according to Arab News . 

In Saudi Arabia, the winds of change have come as women start to see empowerment issues being brought to light. The German chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the situation on women’s rights at the G20 Summit conference.

The conference goes over a wide range of consultants that came to discuss multiple issues in different countries.

Ambassador Dieter Haller said, “The Kingdom and Germany have agreed to a proposal to set up a $200 million fund for the empowerment of women within the framework of the G20.”

This event was presided by Merkel and she realized that women empowerment in Saudi Arabia had not been dealt with for long time.

(Photo: Arab News)

Merkel invited King Salaman to the G20 event in Hamburg, Germany to go over a range of issues that needed to be addressed. German Ambassador Haller and Merkel had put together a huge budget for the women of Saudi Arabia.

Merkel said, “I have the impression that the country is in a phase of change and that a lot more is possible now than some years ago…”

Merkel was there for the first Saudi women in 2015 to vote in the local elections for seats on a municipal council.

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