Female member of the Shoura Council Thoraya Obaid will be honored during the annual national heritage and culture festival, better known as Janadriyah, local media reported Wednesday. She will be decorated with King Abdel Aziz medal. Obaid was the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund and an Under-Secretary General of the United Nations from 2000 to 2010. She was one of 30 women appointed by the king in January 2013 to the Shoura Council, an advisory body that serves as a quasi-parliament, marking a historic progress for women’s rights in the country. Obaid will be the first woman ever to be honored at Janadriyah. This will be another first for the former UN executive who in 1963 became the first Saudi woman to receive a government scholarship to study abroad.