Local Saudi media reported that the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques was planning a historic administrative overhaul designed to increase the empowerment of women and youth in Saudi society.
According to a senior official who spoke to the media, the major reshuffle of the Saudi state institution responsible for handling and managing Masjid Al Haram and Masjid an-Nabawi is intended to provide strategic positions for young people while also providing innovation in improving services to worshipers at both sides.
On the other hand, the Head of the Presidency, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, said that the historic structuring that will be the largest in the history of the Presidency would focus on implementing criteria of governance, quality, and transparency in the system of administrative and fieldwork.
Al Sudais added that the Presidency hopes this restructuring can consolidate a culture of innovation and creativity and create effective indicators for boosting decision-making. He also emphasized that the empowerment of women and youth is an important goal of the planned revamp.
So far, the Presidency has reportedly established a women’s development affiliation as part of the increased involvement of Saudi women in services provided to pilgrims and worshippers visiting Masjid Al Haram in Makkah and Masjid An-Nabawi in Madinah.
In recent years, Saudi Arabia has made big strides in empowering women as part of major changes in the Kingdom.
At least more than 200 women have been employed by the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Mosques throughout 2021 as a concrete effort to empower women in Saudi society.
In August 2021, Al Sudais appointed two Saudi women to the top positions in the Presidency. They are Dr. Al-Aboud and Dr. Fatima Al Rashoud, who were appointed as office assistants to the president of the state agency.
Other senior positions were given to Dr. Kamelia Al-Daadi, appointed assistant secretary for administrative affairs and women’s services, and Dr. Ibtehab Al-Jeaid, appointed vice president for libraries and scientific research.