First woman Saudi EIC wants others to follow her

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RIYADH: Soumayya Jabarti, the first female editor of a Saudi national daily, hopes to see more women take up top media posts in the ultra-conservative Muslim state.

She was named at the weekend as editor-in-chief of the Saudi Gazette, one of the two main English-language dailies in the Gulf kingdom.

“The success will not be complete unless I see my peers who are also Saudi women in the media take other roles where they are decision-makers,” Jabarti said in an interview posted on Al-Arabiya News website.

“There’s a crack that has been made in the glass ceiling. And I’m hoping it will be made into a door,” said Jabarti, who served as deputy editor since 2011.


“Being the first Saudi woman [newspaper editor]is going to be double the responsibility . . . One’s actions will reflect upon my fellow Saudi women,” she said.

Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic laws, notably a segregation of the sexes, and does not allow women to work or travel without the authorization of a male guardian from her family.

It is also the only country in the world that bans women from driving.

AFP

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