All-female center to monitor domestic violence

Updated 23 March 2016

All-female center to monitor domestic violence

RIAYDH: Social Affairs Minister Dr. Majed Al-Qassabi launched a center for receiving domestic violence calls at the Riyadh headquarters.
Dr. Bandar Mohammad Aleiban, the president of the National Human Rights Commission, was present during the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Social Welfare Undersecretary Dr. Abdullah Almeiqil said the center receives calls about domestic violence. The center, which is managed by female Saudi staff who are trained and specialized in the field, is also equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and has a toll-free number, 1919.
He pointed out that the center is open 24 hours, seven days a week, and deals with all calls in absolute confidentiality. It targets women of all ages and children under 18 years old, as well as the elderly and people with disabilities.
Almeiqil pointed out that all calls are dealt with according to rules and regulations. He said calls are verified and referred to the nearest unit or protection team, which has been trained on modern methods in how to deal with the reported cases to ensure speedy intervention and protection for abused women and children.
The staff deal with the reported cases according to the specified procedures which start with attempts at reconciliation, to taking abused cases into protection and referring the abuser to relevant authorities, while taking into consideration the interests of the women and children in all cases.
He said the center classifies calls according to their seriousness, with dangerous cases being referred to the police. He said there are 22 social protection teams in various parts of the Kingdom to receive cases and deal with them.
Almeiqil said the ministry entered into partnerships with various government authorities including the Ministry of Interior represented in the provinces’ governorates and police stations, the Ministries of Education, Health, Justice, the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, the National Human Rights Commission, the Family Safety Program of the Ministry of the National Guard, in addition to other partners for child regulations such as the Ministry of Labor, the General Presidency for Youth Welfare, the Ministry of Commerce, the National Childhood Committee and the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
The Ministry of Social Affairs has worked on a number of items of legislation and protective procedures to curb domestic violence such as the executive list of protection from harm and child protection laws.
The launch was attended by the deputy president of the Human Rights Commission, Dr. Naser Alshahrani, Commander of the National Center for Operations Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Alsaleh, Shourah Council member Dr. Hamda Alinizi, the executive director for the Family Safety Program, Dr. Maha Almuneif and a number of representatives from government partners in social protection, reported Alriyadh.

Misk Global Forum discusses change in the workplace

Updated 14 November 2019

Misk Global Forum discusses change in the workplace

RIYADH: The Misk Global Forum began its second day on Wednesday with a session titled “Dinosaur or future-fit? Careers in a post-job era.”

The session discussed the evolution of change in the workplace. Panelists included Dr. Badr Al-Badr, CEO of the Misk Foundation; Princess Aljohara Al-Saud, partner at Henning Larsen studio; Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation; and Ezequiel da Rosa, CEO and founder of Piipee.

Princess Aljohara, one of the first Saudi female architects, discussed the hardships she faced when she first started working.

“Few organizations at that time had women in their offices,” she said. Undeterred, she “saw an opportunity and grabbed it.”

She said: “I progressed and started as a junior architect. My skills and machines gradually developed and I became a business development manager in Saudi Arabia.”

Al-Badr said “many organizations,” including the Misk Foundation and the Saudi Education Ministry, “are focusing on reskilling and retooling.”

He added that the ministry is working to amend the curriculum to better suit the labor market.

But he urged youths to be proactive about acquiring skills. “Take charge of your career. Don’t wait for the education system to be fixed,” Al-Badr added.

He said: “The current careers are very different from the ones of the previous generation,” adding that “the careers of our children will significantly differ from the current careers.”

He stressed the need to improve personal skills, as traditional universities have always focused on technical skills, while personal skills come at a secondary level.

Al-Badr pointed out that personal skills are represented in work ethics, presentation skills, speaking skills and emotional intelligence, adding that some universities have started teaching them. Misk has also designed specialized programs to enhance those skills.

He called on students to take the initiative and not wait until universities change their curricula and correct the educational system. He pointed out that there are many places to acquire these skills, whether through Misk’s programs, or the internet, in addition to many government programs that enhance the personal skills of entrepreneurs, freelancers, or even traditionalists.

Al-Badr explained that many organizations, including Misk, are focusing on reteaching skills and tools, pointing out that the Ministry of Education is relaunching new curricula. He also discussed partnerships between universities and major companies for the formulation of courses that best suit the labor market and workplaces.

Ugochukwu said: “One thing that computers and AI (artificial intelligence) can’t do is show compassion. It’s what people have, and that’s what’s critical in the future.”

She said her foundation has trained over 10,000 African entrepreneurs. “The key word is training, training, training,” she added.

“We have a strong emphasis on leveraging technology. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is on its way, and Africa sure doesn’t want to miss it.” A huge part of entrepreneurship is to “create a solution that doesn’t exist,” Ugochukwu said.  To her, entrepreneurship is not “about starting a business.” Rather, it is a “mindset of doing it in the best possible way.”

She added: “Every human being has an innate talent that’s unique to them. We must tap into that talent to see outstanding achievement.”

Da Rosa, who has been an entrepreneur since the age of 16, said: “The most important thing is to make people happy and help them achieve their dreams. If you do that, you have a team.”

He added: “The point of being an entrepreneur is to do and to move. I think everyone here can do something and change something.”