The Italian Almanac

saudi women

Italian - March

About 40 Saudi businesswomen academics participated in the first forum of Saudi and Italian businesswomen in Rome. The business forum, which was the first of its kind, was instrumental in changing the stereotype about Saudi women and promoting Saudi-Italian relations.

The forum was held under the patronage of Princess Fadwa bint Khaled ibn Abdullah, honorary president of the Arab-Italian Women's Association (AIWA). Saudi businesswomen who took part in the two-day event included those representing sectors such as education, health, beautification, fashions, banks, investment, tourism, real estate, marketing and public relations.

Main topics that came up for debate were: the role of education in economic development; better investment of capital; ideas for setting up private enterprises; and success stories of businesswomen. "The forum delivered a powerful message about the need for Saudi women to work across borders to connect with other societies," said Samer Fatany, a Saudi radio journalist, who took part in the event.