Domestic violence against men ‘widespread’

Updated 18 April 2015
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Domestic violence against men ‘widespread’

Forty-four men were victims of domestic violence in the Kingdom last year, the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has revealed.
The NSHR's 11th annual report stated the organization had handled 14 cases in Riyadh, 13 in Jazan, eight in Dammam, five in Madinah, two in Makkah and one each in Asir and Jeddah.
Amal Al-Raie, a social worker, said the country does not have accurate statistics about the prevalence of domestic violence against men but believes that they make up a small proportion of cases. Most involved women and children, she said.
However, she called on government bodies to take action on the issue before cases increase. She said there was no need for a separate organization to deal with such cases, whether involving men, women or children.
Psychiatrist Salman Al-Habib said that there is “widespread violence” against men, but they are reluctant to report that family members have abused them. It is a “hush-hush matter,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission in Makkah said it did not receive any reports of violence against men. Ibrahim Al-Shadi, a member of the commission and its official spokesman, said this was probably because other organizations were dealing with such cases.
Victims usually only turn to the commission when they cannot get help from other organizations. He said the commission is always prepared to assist those coming to complain.


Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Updated 19 September 2019

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi is the newly appointed CEO of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC).

Al-Mutairi received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University in 1992. In 1997, she obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK.

She began her career as a lecturer in the chemistry department of King Faisal University, from 1993 to 1994, before lecturing at the University of Bristol for three years.

In 1998, she became an assistant professor of human genetics at Harvard University, and two years later she joined Perkin Elmer as a scientific research consultant in biological sciences in the US until 2002.

A year later, she joined Hospital Aramco as a preventive medicine consultant. She then headed the department of public medical relations, and served as an acting director of the department of medical technical support services, and the head of quality and patient safety from 2007 to 2010.

With Saudi Aramco, she headed the manpower planning and analysis department for a year, before she became the project manager of the Aramco Accelerated Strategic Transformation Program from 2011 to 2012.

Al-Mutairi ran her company, Heemah for Business Services between 2014 and 2017.

She also helped with the establishment of the National Competitiveness Center, and coordinated the partnership between Johns Hopkins Hospital and Aramco Healthcare.

In 2017, Al-Mutairi served as an adviser to the minister of commerce and investment.