Saudi’s flynas takes step to support women


LeanIntoAviation (3)As Saudi Arabia seeks to diversify its oil-based economy, it is welcoming more women into the workforce. For instance, national paper The Saudi Gazette has appointed Saudi Arabia’s first female editor-in-chief, in what is considered “a historic move in the conservative kingdom”, reports Outlook India.

Now Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier flynas is seeking to do its part. The airline has signed on as an ‘Aviation sponsor’ of the ‘A Step Ahead’ Career Fair for women, which will take place on 6-8 April in Prince Sultan Hall at Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh. You can join ‘A Step Ahead’ on Facebook here.

‘A Step Ahead’ is a Saudi-centric, two-day career fair for women ranging from senior university students to fresh graduates from around the Kingdom. It promotes a 6-step program designed to aid women in becoming active participants in the kingdom’s booming workforce by enriching their personal skills in searching for employment opportunities.

“As Saudi Arabia’s national carrier, flynas is committed to supporting programs and events that contribute to the kingdom’s social and economic development. In this context, the objectives of ‘A Step Ahead’ are of the highest importance since they align with our belief in the empowerment of Saudi women and their role as a vital part of the nation’s workforce,” said flynas director of marketing and communication Wael Al Sarhan during a signing ceremony with the event’s organizer, Glowork.

Welcoming flynas support, Glowork CEO Khalid AL Khudair noted that ‘A Step Ahead’ is a collective effort between Glowork, the private sector, universities and the government. The event is also supported by the Riyadh Hub Global Shapers, which is part of the World Economic Forum Community.

“All Step Ahead’s partners, contributors and supporters have come together to pave the path towards the successful and much needed integration of Saudi females into the professional world,” he said. Glowork’s report on ‘Bridging the gap between the labor market and the education sector” can be found here.

Formerly known as Nas Air, flynas operates a fleet of Airbus A320s and Embraer 190s and 195s, and flies both domestically and internationally.

Though Saudi Arabia is taking some steps to empower women, many believe the ultra-conservative country is not doing enough or moving fast enough. Last month, a Saudi female lawmaker was reported as criticizing what she characterized as the slowness of the government to enact reforms.