Pink ribbon draws attention to rising breast cancer cases

Updated 14 December 2015

Pink ribbon draws attention to rising breast cancer cases

RIYADH: Over 10,000 women gathered on Saturday night at the Princess Nora University, the world's biggest women-only university, to form what is believed to be the world's largest human pink ribbon shape on record.

Forming the shape was a major component of several activities conducted throughout the night to mark the launch of a one year breast cancer awareness campaign initiative in the Kingdom, entitled "10KSA", led by both Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud and Modia Batterjee, who is the founder of Al-Bidayah Breastfeeding Resource & Women's Center, and is also vice president of the Human Resource Department at Batterjee Group Ltd.
The initiative, run by the Alf Khair (A thousand blessings) charity foundation, which is chaired by Princes Reema, aims to draw the nation’s attention to the increasing number of breast cancer cases and deaths. The campaign also provides much needed education on prevention and treatment options to women around the nation.
Several ministries, government agencies and private sector organizations are engaged in the initiative, including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Affairs, Princess Nora University, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the General Presidency for Sports and Youth Welfare, the Saudi Fund for Human Resources, Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Saudi Arabian Olympic Association, and other sponsor companies.
The event included narrative sessions in which survivors of the disease were honored. The women talked about how they discovered their afflictions, and about how they broke down their walls of fear in order to go and receive treatment, as well as about how they coped after treatment.
The event also included lectures and workshops about the disease, such as "what is it?", "How it can be discovered", as well as about how self check-up techniques can help women to get better in the long term through early detection.
Although the long ribbon activity was intended for inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records, forming the human ribbon shape was not the goal in itself: "We hope that 10KSA will not just break records, but will also get people to talk about women’s health (including breast cancer)," Princess Reema said.
The princess hoped that the event would contribute to raising SR5 million to kick start an endowment fund for the Zahra Breast Cancer Association of which she is founding member. Zahra Breast Cancer Association is an organization committed to helping women through a difficult journey and into a place of healing and good health.
Sponsors in Saudi Arabia such as Alwaleed Philanthropies, Uber, General Electric and Al-Saif Construction Company have pledged their support to Zahra. Reports say that few women survive breast cancer in Saudi Arabia because there is much less screening leading to the late discovery of the disease.
This is due mostly to stigma and cultural reasons, which can be countered with awareness and education.


Saudi efforts for promotion of human rights lauded

Updated 10 December 2019

Saudi efforts for promotion of human rights lauded

  • Saudi Arabia has spent more than $86 billion in over 81 countries between 1996 and 2018

RIYADH: Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, president of the Kingdom’s Human Rights Commission, said on Tuesday Saudi Arabia is keen to play a constructive role to maintain international peace and security, prevent conflicts and promote a culture of tolerance.
He said this during a meeting with Marielle de Sarnez, who is a member of the French National Assembly, in Riyadh.
They reviewed Saudi efforts in supporting human rights and the ongoing reforms in the Kingdom with a particular reference to the protection of human rights.
The French politician praised the developments taking place in the Kingdom in all sectors particularly human rights and women’s empowerment.

Saudi assistance
On the occasion of Human Rights Day, which is observed globally on Dec. 10, Al-Awwad said: “(Protection of) human rights is an issue of great international concern especially in the light of the rise in wars, intolerance, terrorism, hatred and racism.”
Highlighting the Kingdom’s role in humanitarian causes, the rights chief said that Saudi Arabia has spent more than $86 billion in over 81 countries between 1996 and 2018.
Commenting on the Kingdom’s keenness to preserve global and regional peace, he cited the Riyadh agreement between the legitimate Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council as an example.
He reiterated the Kingdom’s historical stance on the Palestinian issue.

Symposium
The Human Rights Commission organized on Tuesday a symposium titled “Human Rights, A Vision for the Future” in Riyadh.
Professionals in the field of human rights from inside and outside the Kingdom participated in this symposium, which was attended by a number of diplomats.
The symposium highlighted the Kingdom’s role in protecting and promoting human rights in accordance with its national and international commitments in this field. It also shed light on the Kingdom’s cooperation with various human rights organizations and reviewed the importance it attaches to the independence of the judiciary, the rule of law, safeguarding the rights of subjects of law, and respecting the course of justice.
The symposium discussed the most prominent developments in human rights during the reign of King Salman, safeguarding the privacy and rights of children in light of the digital age, and providing protection to the elderly as well as the challenges facing providing them with a suitable environment.
Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Khayyal, vice president of the Human Rights Commission, emphasized in a speech he delivered on behalf of the commission’s president, Dr. Al-Awwad, that Saudi Arabia, led by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has made strides in the field of human rights.
“Saudi Arabia works continuously to achieve sustainable development through Vision 2030, in which the youth actively participate and play a major role in positive social change to contribute to more development achievements,” he said.
UN Resident Coordinator Nathalie Fustier stressed in her speech that the Kingdom has made many achievements in the field of human rights and that these efforts deserve to be saluted.
She added that the youth account for 25 percent of the Kingdom’s population and are the heart of society as they create the future of the next generations.
Fustier pointed out that at a global level, all development goals stipulate the protection of rights, including the rights of young people as they deserve many advantages and must be provided with the maximum benefits and more than the well-being and rights they have.