Thoraya Obaid: a pioneering role model for young Saudi women

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Wed, 2021-03-10 05:09

NEW YORK: When Thoraya Obaid celebrated her 76th birthday a few days ago, it occurred to her that she is only 13 years younger than her country.
“It was on Sep. 23, 1932 that a royal decree by King Abdul Aziz established the modern nation-state of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” she told a high-level meeting at the UN in New York on Tuesday. “And so my story (is) also the story of my country.”

Thoraya Obaid was appointed to key UN roles that opened her eyes ‘to a world crying out for justice and empowerment’ for women. (Supplied)
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