Saudi-based newspaper Arab News has vowed to become the first to have a gender-balanced newsroom in the Gulf kingdom and it intends to achieve this goal in less than two years.
The announcement was made at the opening of the inaugural Arab Women Forum at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
Representing Arab News editor in chief Faisal J Abbas, who is in France covering the visit by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi media personality Muna AbuSulayman told the audience: “On behalf of Arab News I would like to officially announce its ambitious planaid the newspaper would have a 50-50 gender-balanced newsroom by 2020.
The announcement included a recorded video message from Abbas.
In a statement, Arab News said the gender-balanced newsroom will aim to cover all the newspaper’s bureaus and areas of operations.
It will involve active recruitment, training and career guidance with the help of its publisher, the Saudi Research and Marketing Group.
“This initiative is in line with the Kingdom’s reform plans and, as such, we are keen to ensure it succeeds, so we will make sure we announce progress reports regularly,” the statement said.
Established in 1975, Arab News is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with a network on international bureaus.
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