Saudi Arabia: News anchor makes history

Weam Al Dakheel became the first woman to co-anchor the main evening news bulletin on Al Saudiya, Saudi Arabia's state-run TV channel. On air since 1965 as Saudi TV Channel 1 / KSA 1, Al Saudiya broadcasts in the Middle East, North America and Europe.

Al-Dakheel has been operations manager for Saudi TV at the Saudi Broadcasting Authority since January 2018. Previously, she worked as a news presenter at Al-Arab News Channel, based in Bahrain, for two years and eight months between 2014 and 2017.

Read more about the groundbreaking journalist here.

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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers



#MeToo #TimesUp

In my view, society is less tolerant of sexist stereotypes in the media now than three years ago.

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