A woman presents for the first time the night news in Saudi Arabia

They sell as a milestone what until two days ago was an aberrant anachronism. A woman has presented this week for the first time a nightly program of the Saudi state television opening, at last, the prime time of the small screen to the women in the midst of the uncertain reforms carried out by the ultraconservative kingdom to modernize its image. “Waem Al Dajil entered the history books when he appeared with the presenter Omar al Nashuan and became the first woman in the history of Channel 1 of Saudi state television to present the at 9.30 in the evening, “he announced this Saturday between Big shouts the Saudi Information Ministry. “Until now men have dominated the in Saudi Arabia while the presenters focused on the softest of the morning, the feminine programs or the kitchen spaces and the meteorological information”, notes the note. The government chronicle applauds, in addition, the result. “Al Dajil signed with his partner a professional program that covered local, regional and international , drawing praise from many sectors and provoking a torrent of encouragement through social networks,” says the text sent to EL MUNDO. In the Friday evening edition another woman, Nada al Dahham, took the witness, who -according to the authorities- confronted the cameras “with equal aplomb”. In any case, it was not the first time that Al Dajil presented a newscast . Graduated in Journalism from the elite American University of Beirut, she grew up outside the confines of her country. She was a reporter for CNBC Arabia from her headquarters in Dubai and, later, an information presenter on the Al Arab network, based in Bahrain. According to the information provided by the Government, he speaks Arabic, English and French. Al Dajil extends the loophole opened two years ago by his colleague Jumanah al Shami, the first woman to present the morning . The changes driven by the royal family have also begun to reach the cathode universe. At the end of 2017 one of the state channels re-issued music concerts after a veto of three decades in the homeland of Wahhabism, a radical interpretation of Islam that has been the breeding ground of organizations such as Al Qaeda or the self-styled Islamic State. 1979 The assault and seizure of the Great Mosque of Mecca by a group of Islamists led by Yuhaiman al Otaibi in protest of the “westernization” of Saudi society was used by the absolute monarchy to stifle any hint of openness and tolerance. music disappeared from the television along with the female figures, now recovered; cinemas and music stores closed and newspapers stopped publishing photographs of women. A veto that had remained unchanged until now. The reforms promoted by Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, however, face the most recalcitrant sectors of the kingdom. The vision 2030 strategy of the heir to the throne pursues, among other measures, to enhance access to the labor market for women and thus reduce the need for foreign labor. The current female employment rate is around 20 percent and the purpose is to raise it to 30 percent in 2030. In June, the authorities allowed for the first time that women get behind the wheel in a change motivated also by the need for the kingdom of reduce your addiction to oil, diversify your economy and reduce foreign employees. Its irruption on the roads also created new jobs in the department of traffic of the Ministry of the Interior and in the sector of the driving schools.

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