The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has appointed its second female ambassador. The designation of Amal Yahya Al-Moallimi as Saudi Arabia’s representative in Norway makes her the second woman to be the Kingdom’s ambassador to a country after HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar, who is the ambassador to the United States.
On Tuesday, October 20, Al-Moallimi took the oath of office in a virtual ceremony alongside other ambassadors before Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
With a career spanning over 20 years, Al-Moallimi has held several leading positions in the fields of education and social training and development. She also went on to hold the high-ranking position of director-general organizations and international cooperation at the Saudi Human Rights Commission in 2019, becoming one of the first six women appointed to it.
The ambassador has also participated in a number of international and local conferences as a speaker. At the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) event in 2019 she said, “What is happening with Vision 2030 will have an impact, and these achievements and developments will impact the surrounding region at the Arab and Islamic levels.” Adding: “There is no longer a field that Saudi women cannot join.”
On her designation, Al-Moallimi’s brother, Abdallah Al-Moallimi, who is also an ambassador representing the Kingdom at the United Nations tweeted, “I am proud of my sister Amal, who took the oath today in front of King Salman as the Kingdom’s ambassador to Norway, and thank you to everyone who shared feelings of pride with us. May our father Yahya and my mother rest in peace, who raised us to love our country and be loyal to our ruler. Praise be to God.”
The appointment of Al-Moallimi as Saudi Arabia’s second female ambassador is part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program, which includes the empowerment of Saudi women. Since its launch in April 2016, Vision 2030 has seen Saudi women gain the right to drive and travel without a male guardian, among other benefits.