#AceNewsServices – JEDDAH – May 01 – Maha Akeel, a Saudi journalist who was the managing editor of OIC journal, has been appointed the Director of Information and Public Relations at the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The appointment of a woman as a Director of a department is a shot-in-the-arm for women empowerment.
Speaking to Saudi Gazette she said that her new duties are to keep the public informed about OIC and its activities, to promote objective and strategies of the organization and to shed light on different initiatives of OIC.
She described the new position as “challenging” and a “big step” for women in the Islamic states and Saudi women in particular. “I have big responsibilities, however, with the support of the secretary-general and the help of my colleagues I will be able to do my duty.”
The challenge, she said, are less intense as she has been familiar with the work in the OIC having worked in the media department for seven years. “Women have been working in the OIC since 2006 when I first joined. We are now about 7 in number, and the secretary-general is looking forward to employ more women.”
The newly appointed OIC secretary-general is Iyad Madani, who is the former Saudi minister of information.
Maha denied that her new position has been given to her based on her nationality. She added, “I had to fight for this!”
Contributions By Fatima Muhammad – Saudi Gazette
Thursday, 1 May 2014
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