Minister cancels talk over Saudi ban on women

15th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 January 2007, RIYADH — The justice minister cancelled a talk he was to give on Monday at a Saudi Arabian university because the school's fundamentalist authorities banned four women journalists.

15 January 2007

RIYADH — The justice minister cancelled a talk he was to give on Monday at a Saudi Arabian university because the school's fundamentalist authorities banned four women journalists.

Since it won power in 2004, the government Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has made equal opportunities between the sexes one of its highest priorities.

Justice minister Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar was to have given a talk at the Islamic University Imam of Riyadh on legal tactics for combating international terrorism, among other subjects.

But authorities at the school objected to the presence of women reporters among other Spanish journalists accompanying the minister on his trip.

The women had been allowed to do their jobs at other meetings and events in which Lopez Aguilar took part during his visit.

The text of the minister's address was delivered to the school for distribution among those who had planned to attend the event.

Spain's socialist government, which broke new ground by naming as many women cabinet ministers as men, last year approved draft legislation that would further promote gender equality by naming more female candidatures in elections and favouring corporations with high-ranking women executives, among other things.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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