Human Rights Commission launches online training program

Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad,  president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), on Sunday inaugurated a 10-day human rights training program for young leaders. (SPA/File Photo)
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Updated 27 April 2020

Human Rights Commission launches online training program

  • The program, organized by the HRC in cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be held online

JEDDAH: Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad,  president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), on Sunday inaugurated a 10-day human rights training program for young leaders to promote civil society initiatives in the Kingdom.

The program, organized by the HRC in cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be held online.

It aims to introduce young people to the mechanisms and international standards of human rights, achieve the concepts of tolerance, coexistence and joint action, develop communication skills, and design and implement programs and activities to contribute to the spread of the human rights culture.

Its priority is to protect and promote rights at local and international levels and present them to the G20, develop programs to stimulate creative thinking, encourage young talents supporting human rights, and achieve effective communication and cooperation between young people of different nationalities.

The first day’s sessions reviewed the objectives of the program, the methodology of training and the role of trainers and participants.


Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Updated 19 October 2020

Saudi Arabia’s public spaces dotted with pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage

JEDDAH: Splashes of pink are appearing in Saudi Arabia’s public spaces to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
A number of campaigns are underway this month to support this outreach — in malls, on the street and on billboards.
Pamphlets are being handed out, videos and interactive pictures are on display, there are fundraising activities such as hiking and biking, and medical students have been talking to shoppers and passers-by as part of efforts to increase people’s knowledge.
In Jeddah there was a Tai Chi class on the city’s waterfront, headed by Amatallah Bahaziq, that was attended by female members of Bliss Runners and Bolts. Another event was a bike ride organized by Jeddah Cyclists that included men and women.
A number of major cities across the Kingdom have also seen pop-up campaigns, with specialists ready to answer questions and play a proactive role in spreading proper knowledge and information about the disease, its detection and the chances of survival when detected early.

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According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading organizations dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. It has been supporting cancer patients and survivors and normalizing conversations about breast cancer among the community, with a renewed emphasis during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Given the circumstances (due to the pandemic) we focused our efforts to raise awareness to the importance of early detection virtually,” a representative from the association told Arab News. “With billboards and visuals spread across Saudi cities, we’re still following through with our campaign promise to raise awareness each year and send the message across: Early detection will save your life.”
According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, 55 percent of cases are detected at a late stage. This late stage detection is mostly because some women believe that a lack of symptoms means an absence of the disease.