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Hoda Al-Helaissi

Hoda Al-Helaissi is a member of the Shoura Council since 2013. She is also a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee within the Shoura. 

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Toward a motionless society

It’s convenient. “There are no hassles.” “There are no queues.” “You can dress how you want.” “There is no need to deal with incompetent salespeople.” “It’s cheaper.”

September 27, 2019

Women’s empowerment: Between religion and culture

A people’s shared collective knowledge, acquired over many years, is materialized as culture and becomes their social heritage. Fully comprehending a culture leads to the understanding of behavior and social practices.

January 07, 2019

Societal changes encouraging women to flourish

I would like to sum up some of the reforms that have changed Saudi society with regards to women. These changes have been positive — although some would say slow to take place — and should be, if not celebrated, at least acknowledged.

December 02, 2018

Manipulative media taking over the political world

Too often we see headlines and reports such as the following. “A Palestinian has died after being shot in yet another protest;” “Refugees have been forced to move;” “A Muslim was the victim of a knife wound;” “A woman wearing a hijab was attacked.”

October 28, 2018

A little consideration can go a long way

Today, I need to vent and talk about my pet peeves. It all boils down to one thing: Consideration for others or, rather, a lack of it. Let me start with a few examples. 

October 07, 2018

Slovenian heroines’ small ray of sunshine for injured Gazan children

I would like to tell you about two women who have impressed me so much, not for who they are but for what they have done — and continue to do. They are examples of the fundamental humanitarian sentiments that all human beings should harbor in their hearts.

July 15, 2018

There is more to life than material comforts

We all strive to live a good life. To most, that means money in the bank, a comfortable home, regular holidays, nice clothes, luxury items and all the latest gadgets. In other words, material goods that bring pleasure… and therefore happiness.

May 28, 2018

Who are we, and what is our identity?

If someone asked you to identify yourself, to define who you are, how would you respond? We could start by stating our name and nationality, or we could define ourselves through our gender or occupation. The answers are many and varied, but they are also limiting.

May 07, 2018