Princess Haifa took the oath of office in front of the Saudi ruler King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud yesterday. In 2020, Princess Haifa was appointed as the Saudi representative to UNESCO. She has also served as Deputy Minister for Sustainable Development and G20 Affairs in the Ministry of Economic Planning.
Princess Haifa’s career spans academia, with a degree in economics from King Saud University and a master’s degree from the UK’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She started as a lecturer in the Department of Economics at King Saud University and later joined the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) focusing on social development and human rights.
Five other diplomatic representatives were also sworn in yesterday along with them. The new ambassadors to Japan, Hungary, Mauritius, Uganda and Bulgaria were sworn in at the Royal Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They pledged to be loyal to their religion, king and country, to protect secrets and to uphold national interests and institutions both domestically and internationally.
Last year, Saudi Arabia appointed two female ambassadors. Haifa al-Jediya was appointed head of Saudi Arabia’s mission to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, while Nesreen al-Shebel was appointed ambassador to Finland. With this, the total number of women representatives increased to five.
Princess Reema bint Bandar has been serving as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US since 2019. She is the first woman in the country’s history to serve as an ambassador. He is an internationally renowned diplomat. She is a well-known personality and voice of Saudi in the fields of women empowerment and sports.
In 2018, Saudi Arabia took an important step in the field of women empowerment by allowing women to drive. The decades long ban on women driving was lifted. Saudi women recently waived the requirement of a male guardian’s permission to travel alone to remote locations and apply for a passport.
A woman named Ibtisam Al Shihri was appointed as Saudi Civil Aviation Spokesperson last September. They are responsible for promoting relations with the public and the media, answering inquiries from local and foreign media and providing reliable information.
Last July, Manal Al Luhaibi was appointed Director General of Education in the Saudi Port Governorate of Jeddah. She is the first woman to hold this position in the country. Since the time of King Abdullah, 20 percent of the seats in the Saudi Shura Council have been reserved for women.