In recent years and in light of reforms that have drastically transformed the Kingdom, Saudi Arabian women have been pushing boundaries as more opportunities become readily available.
The reforms are all part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the sweeping set of programs and reforms announced in 2016 which are set to liberalize the economy and reduce dependence on oil revenues.
Here are three Saudi Arabian women breaking barriers in the Kingdom.
Raha Moharrak broke the world record for the youngest Arab and the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest in 2013.
A self-described “world nomad,” Moharrak has also climbed the world’s other six summits.
She currently co-hosts MBC’s “Lafat Al Mamlaka” TV show, where she travels across the Kingdom partaking in different activities, like snorkeling and mountain biking.
“First but hopefully not the last Saudi woman to [climb] the highest peak in the seven continents,” her Instagram bio reads.
Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour defied stereotypes when she became the Kingdom’s first female director.
Al-Mansour garnered regional and international fame with her feature film “Wadjda,” which tells the story of a young girl who dreams about riding a bicycle in a conservative society.
She went on to direct the movie-adaptation of the best-selling novel “Nappily Ever After.”
Nouf Sufyani (Cosmicat)
Nouf Sufyani’s career as the Kingdom’s first female DJ took off as Saudi Arabia began hosting concerts.
Going by the name of Cosmicat, the EDM DJ was one of many artists who took the stage in Riyadh for the region’s biggest music and cultural festival, MDL Beast.
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