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New Deal Empowers Women & Youth In Saudi Arabia

AlWaleed Philanthropies has a demonstrable history of protecting women and youth and supporting those in need.

Women and youth in Saudi Arabia will have their human rights further protected thanks to a memorandum of cooperation signed by Alwaleed Philanthropies and the Human Rights Commission (HRC). The agreement was signed by HE  Dr Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, President of the HRC, and HRH Princess Lamia bint Majed Al Saud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies. And it is in line with Saudi’s Vision 2030, which aims to strengthen social and economic infrastructure across the country.

As part of the partnership, HRC will support Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Waeya legal initiative, which trains female lawyers and supports women in promoting legal awareness. The project aims to contribute to building the groundwork that recognises legal rights and improving women’s quality of life across the Kingdgom. Additionally, the partnership will provide greater psychological, social and economic support for women who have been victims of violence. By working together, HRC and Alwaleed Philanthropies, which is chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, will also develop guides to support the rights of women, youth and people living with disabilities, in accordance with international human rights conventions.

We must continue to advocate for the protection of human rights across all of our communities. At Alwaleed Philanthropies we believe that empowerment and education is vital to creating a more equal and tolerant world,” Princess Lamia, who is also a member of the Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Board of Trustees, said. “We are pleased to collaborate with the HRC, who share our vision of supporting women and youth and safeguarding the rights of each and every person.”

Speaking on the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Al-Awwad highlighted the importance of collaboration, especially with public sector and civil society institutions, to ensure greater human rights protection. And as well as mentioning HRC’s history of close alliances with national, regional and international associations, he commended on the partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies.

For around 40 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has been working to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education. Working regardless of gender, race or religion, the organisation collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental, and educational organisations to build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant and accepting world. Over 1,000 projects have been initiated in around 189 countries. The schemes, all managed by 10 Saudi female members, reach over 1 billion beneficiaries around the globe. 

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