Somayya Jabarti becomes the new editor-in-chief of the Saudi Gazette daily. (Photo courtesy: Saudi Gazette)
The Saudi Gazette newspaper has appointed the country’s first female editor-in-chief, in what has been called a “historic” move in the conservative kingdom.
Jabarti, previously deputy editor, becomes the first female editor of a national newspaper in Saudi Arabia, although other women have headed magazines in the kingdom.
Somayya Jabarti becomes the first female editor-in-chief of a Saudi daily newspaper
“There’s a crack that has been made in the glass ceiling. And I’m hoping it will be made into a door,” Jabarti told Al Arabiya News.
“This is a first for a Saudi daily… A mold has been broken where editors-in-chief of Saudi daily newspapers are concerned.”
Jabarti spoke of the responsibility she feels in the new position, given that her success may have a bearing on other women’s careers.
“Being the first Saudi woman [newspaper editor] is going to be double the responsibility… One’s actions will reflect upon my fellow Saudi women,” she said.
“The success will not be complete unless I see my peers who are also Saudi women in the media, take other roles where they are decision makers.”
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