Women, children target of domestic violence

Updated 23 October 2015

Women, children target of domestic violence

JEDDAH: There were 961 cases of domestic violence reported by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Dammam last year.

This involved physical, psychological and sexual abuse of women and children over the course of the Islamic year that ended on Oct. 14, said Saeed Al-Ghamdi, director of the ministry’s branch in the Eastern Province.
Al-Ghamdi was quoted as saying by a local publication recently that ministry officials had also been involved in cases of women neglecting their children, people running away from home and suicide attempts.
He said the ministry had received 1,057 reports from the public about various forms of abuse, with 961 involving violence. Cases that did not fall within the jurisdiction of the ministry were referred to other agencies, he said.
“Most of the cases involved women and children being denied their basic lawful right to education and health care, or acquiring personal identification documents. Every individual case is addressed. Several cases were amicably resolved between the disputing parties,” said Al-Ghamdi.
He said that some cases were referred to the Eastern Province governorate because the victims did not respond to offers of assistance from the ministry. However, these only involved a few incidents, he said.
Ahmad Al-Shamaari, director of the social protection unit in Dammam, said: “The unit provides protection to women of all ages and children under 18 years of age, and to certain vulnerable groups exposed to abuse and domestic violence.”
He said a 24-hour call center on the number 1919 was established to receive reports on violence and abuse. Ministry officials are empowered to intervene quickly in cases of abuse in cooperation with public and private agencies, he said.
“The unit aims to spread awareness among members of the public on the importance of protecting family members against abuse and violence. It holds workshops and training courses for workers involved in these cases,” he said.
Meanwhile, the social protection unit honored Col. Yasser Al-Zahrani for the efforts throughout his tenure at the unit in the Eastern Province.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”