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The Future for Women in Saudi Arabia

20 February 2017 - 18:00 to 19:15

Chatham House, London


Najah Al-Osaimi, Researcher and Journalist, Gulf region

Ahd Kamel, Actress and Filmmaker, Saudi Arabia

Caroline Montagu, Writer and Journalist, Saudi Arabia

Chair: Peter Salisbury, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030 details plans for the future of society, the economy, business and government in Saudi Arabia but doesn't expand widely on women’s rights and opportunities within the kingdom.

This panel will investigate the future for women in Saudi Arabia. How will women’s participation in the workforce increase if women are increasingly finding more opportunities abroad? Have the 17 seats won by women in last year’s municipal elections made a difference to the role of women in the political sphere? And what measures could be taken to improve women’s participation through all levels of the workforce and politics?