Cross-posted from UN Women
Maha Almuneef, a 53-year-old mother of three living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a Board-certified physician with a vision: ending violence against women. Maha, undeterred by the traditional image of a woman’s place in society, earned her medical degree and established the National Family Safety Program (NFSP), the first specialized institution to address the issue of domestic violence in the country.
As Executive Director of NFSP, she focuses her attention on prevention programmes and training of professionals, such as police or lawyers, in improving support for survivors of violence. The NFSP also provides counselling and referral services, and manages the Saudi Child Helpline dedicated to delivering counselling for children, who have been subjected to abuse, and their caregivers. Advocating for the recently-adopted “Protection from Abuse” law that criminalizes domestic violence was Maha’s passion project. She received a prestigious award from President Barack Obama this year, making her a strong role model for the women of her country. Read More