21 Saudis among 100 most powerful Arab women

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Updated 05 March 2015

21 Saudis among 100 most powerful Arab women

Saudi Arabia has 21 women ranked in the top 100 list of the most powerful Arab women, determined by Arabian Business magazine every year for the past five years.
Number one on the list is Sheikha Lubna Al-Qasimi from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for her achievements in government. Lawyer Amal Clooney from Lebanon is in second.
Loujain Al-Hathloul from Saudi Arabia is in third place for her achievements on the cultural and social fronts, while Saudi businesswoman Lubna Olayan came in at fourth for her role in the banking and finance sector.
Reem Al-Hashimy from the UAE came in at fifth for her government work and the UAE’s fighter pilot Mariam Al-Mansouri came in at sixth. The seventh spot went to Saudi sociologist Mona Al-Munajjed.
Moroccan retail tycoon Salwa Idrissi Akkannouch ranked eight, the UAE’s Amina Al-Rustamani, the chief executive officer of TECOM Business Parks, came in at ninth, and the UAE’s Zainab Mohammed came in 10th for her work in the property sector.
Other Saudis on the list include Haifaa Al-Mansour in the arts and entertainment sector and ranked 13, Batan Mahmoud Al-Zahran in law at 14, Hayat Sindi in science at 15, Huda Al-Ghoson in energy at 19, Somayya Jabarti in media at 28, Samia Al-Amoudi in the health sector at 37, Samira Islam in science at 40, and Khawla Al-Kuraya in science at 41.
Others include Muna Abu Sulayman in society and culture and ranked 42, Samar Nassif in the health sector at 47, Ruha Al-Muharraq at 50 for climbing Mount Everest, Thoraya Obaid in culture and society at 56, Nahed Taher in the banking and finance sector at 68, Dima Ikhwan in banking and finance at 71, Nermeen Saad in the technology sector at 73, Badreya Al-Bishr in the media at 78, Manal Al-Sharif in culture and society at 82, and Mashael Al-Shammari in the aerospace industry at 97.

Harassers face ‘naming and shaming’ after Saudi Shoura Council ruling

Updated 01 October 2020

Harassers face ‘naming and shaming’ after Saudi Shoura Council ruling

  • It will help eliminate harassment in workplaces and public places as well as in schools

JEDDAH: Violations of Saudi Arabia’s anti-sexual harassment laws could be punished by “naming and shaming” following a decision by the Kingdom’s Shoura Council to approve a defamation penalty.

The council voted in favor of the penalty during its session on Wednesday after previously rejecting the move in March this year.

Council member Latifah Al-Shaalan said the proposal to include the penalty was sent by the Saudi Cabinet.

Saudi lawyer Njood Al-Qassim said she agrees with the move, adding that it will help eliminate harassment in workplaces and public places as well as in schools.

“The penalty will be imposed according to a court ruling under the supervision of judges, and according to the gravity of the crime and its impact on society,” Al-Qassim told Arab News.

“This will be a deterrent against every harasser and molester,” she said.

Al-Qassim said that legal experts are required to explain the system and its penalties to the public.

“The Public Prosecution has clarified those that may be subject to punishment for harassment crimes, including the perpetrator, instigator and accessory to the crime, the one who agreed with the harasser, malicious report provider, and the person who filed a malicious prosecution lawsuit,” she added.

“The Public Prosecution also confirmed that attempted harassment requires half the penalty prescribed for the crime,” said Al-Qassim.

In May 2018, the Shoura Council and Cabinet approved a measure criminalizing sexual harassment under which offenders will be fined up to SR100,000 ($26,660) and jailed for a maximum of two years, depending on the severity of the crime. 

In the most severe cases, where the victims are children or disabled, for example, violators will face prison terms of up to five years and/or a maximum penalty of SR300,000.

Incidents that have been reported more than once will be subject to the maximum punishment. 

The law seeks to combat harassment crimes, particularly those targeting children under 18 and people with special needs.

Witnesses are also encouraged to report violations and their identities will remain confidential.

The law defines sexual harassment as words or actions that hint at sexuality toward one person from another, or that harms the body, honor or modesty of a person in any way. It takes into account harassment in public areas, workplaces, schools, care centers, orphanages, homes and on social media.

“The legislation aims at combating the crime of harassment, preventing it, applying punishment against perpetrators and protecting the victims in order to safeguard the individual’s privacy, dignity and personal freedom which are guaranteed by Islamic law and regulations,” a statement from the Shoura Council said.

Council member Eqbal Darandari, who supports the law, said on Twitter that the defamation penalty has proven its effectiveness in crimes in which a criminal exploits a person’s trust.

“The defamation of one person is a sufficient deterrent to the rest,” she said.

Social media activist Hanan Abdullah told Arab News the decision “is a great deterrent for every harasser since some fear for their personal and family’s reputation, and won’t be deterred except through fear of defamation.”

The move will protect women from “uneducated people who believe that whoever leaves her house deserves to be attacked and harassed,” she said.

“Anyone who is unhappy with this decision should look at their behavior.”