Arrest by Haia ‘can divide families’

Updated 03 February 2015

Arrest by Haia ‘can divide families’

Being held by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) is not only hard on perpetrators of moral violations, but can also severely affect their families, especially if women are involved.
There is a significant possibility that some family members may take it upon themselves to mete out their own violent punishment against women relatives caught for moral violations, even killing them.
A source at the Haia said the organization makes every effort not to publicly reveal the identities of those caught participating in sinful acts. However, if a woman is detained then the Haia calls a brother, rather than her father or husband.
“We try to break the news gradually so that the person is not shocked and decides to act harshly against the woman,” the source added.
He said the Haia does not use the name of a perpetrator’s family in official documents and investigation records. This is to prevent families from facing public ridicule and condemnation. He said a distinction is drawn between minor, once-off mistakes, and much serious offenses such as prostitution.
Abdul Rahman Al-Zunaidi, a professor in the Islamic culture department at Imam Muhammad bin Saud University, said parents may feel that the family has been dishonored if their child is held for a moral offense.
“Parents consider it a disaster that damages their honor as Muslims and Arabs. They have to deal with feelings of jealousy, pride and shame.” Al-Zunaidi said that parents or other family members could then kill the person, which is an even greater sin.
He said Islam forbids a man, where a brother or father, from killing a woman member of the family. Muslims are required to act in a rational manner, and “not solve one mistake with another.”
He said male members of a family must try to look at what caused the behavior of the female member of their family. They might then find that there are other solutions to the problem. Violence does not solve problems, he said.
Mansour Al-Askar, a sociologist at King Saud University, said that people must start becoming aware of the changes in the behavior of young people.
He said the globalization of culture, the revolution in communications and lack of religious education have all had an effect on the youth in this country.
Some children have also been raised in difficult circumstances. This has led to some breaking away from the traditions of their parents and seen increasing misunderstanding between them.

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

For registration a webpage was set on the link: