Home

Saudi Arabia Princess Makes History As First Woman Ambassador To U.S.

By Sharelle Burt

Share
Saudi Arabia just appointed a woman as ambassador to the United States. Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud is the first woman ever to hold this position and has been an advocate for women’s rights for years.
The rising political star isn’t new to politics. She lived in Washington, D.C. for years while her father, Bandar bin Sultan al Saud, was the Saudi Arabia ambassador to the U.S. from 1975 to 2005. Reema also attended George Washington University during his tenure, where she found her voice for women’s rights.

RELATED: How One Day In Bahrain Made This Traveler View The Middle East Differently

Currently, the princess works with the Saudi General Sports Authority, promoting her initiatives on inclusion and encouraging women to live a more active lifestyle. She also worked with the Ministry of Education to make sure that there was a physical education program for girls in schools and campaigned to have a gender-integrated team at the Special Olympics. Her leadership skills are apparent as Reema served as CEO of Harvey Nichols Riyad and is the co-founder of Yibreen, a day spas franchise in Riyadh, the capital city.

While keeping women’s right a priority, she has other webs to weave through. The first, smoothing things over with the United States after Saudi Arabia had much to say about the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The country made international headlines after denying they had any involvement with Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Women in the forefront is a new agenda for Saudi Arabia. The government lifted the ban on women driving last year in June and also allowing women to enter sports arenas. “Yes—we would’ve liked to see it sooner, but the fact that we are doing it today for me, absolutely, it’s wonderful,” Al Saud said.

Princess Al Saud is set to replace Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Share
Travel Noire

Sharelle Burt

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Are Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Moving To Africa? Buckingham Palace Responds

Are Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Moving To Africa? Buckingham Palace Responds

As Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan prepare for the arrival of baby Sussex, a British newspaper is reporting that the couple is planning to move to Africa after the birth of the infant. According to the Sunday Times, advisers to the prince are working on plans that would combine working on behalf of the Commonwealth […]

Parker Diakite

Allegiant Says It Wants To Offer Flights To Mexico — But It’ll Have To Play Catch-Up

Allegiant Says It Wants To Offer Flights To Mexico — But It’ll Have To Play Catch-Up

Mexico seems to be the next country for Allegiant Air. However, it’s unclear where in Mexico the airline will fly to. The company said that information will be provided “at later dates.” Allegiant, which is headquartered in Las Vegas,  announced the news in an April 22 press release. “Unlike other U.S. carriers, Allegiant has always […]

Victoria M. Walker

United Airlines Employee Allegedly Called Black Woman ‘A Shining Monkey’

United Airlines Employee Allegedly Called Black Woman ‘A Shining Monkey’

A United Airlines employee has been charged with a misdemeanor in Texas for allegedly using racial slurs toward a customer. Carmella Davano was originally issued a citation for using profane and abusive language in a public place by the Houston Police Department after she was accused of calling Cacilie Hughes, a black woman, “a monkey” […]

Parker Diakite