New domestic violence center flooded with calls

Updated 28 March 2016

New domestic violence center flooded with calls

JEDDAH: The undersecretary for social welfare, Abdullah Almeiqil, revealed that the Center for Domestic Violence received 1,890 calls during the first three days of its establishment.

Almeiqil said that about 49 percent of the cases reported to the center were new. "In total, the center received 916 new cases during the three days," he added.
He said that the center received 233 calls of inquiry asking about previous reports, accounting for 12 percent of the total. Meanwhile, consultation calls during this period amounted to 374, accounting for 20 percent of the total incoming reports. In addition, the center received 367 inquiries about the services that it offers, totaling about 19 percent of the calls received.
The Center for Domestic Violence was launched last Sunday by Social Affairs Minister Majed Al-Qassabi and will take calls related to domestic violence and abuse around the clock, all days of the week. The center's operations target women from all age groups, as well as children under 18 years of age, in addition to elders and people with special needs.
The center classifies calls according to their seriousness, with calls involving a high degree of danger and risk to the abused referred immediately to police. The center involves more than 22 teams for social protection operating across the various regions and provinces of the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Social Affairs also has partnerships in this program with several government bodies, including the Ministry of Interior represented by the governorates and police stations, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Justice, the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, the Human Rights Commission, the Family Safety Protection Program of the National Guard, the National Society for Human Rights in addition to other partners representing the regulations on childhood such as the Ministry of Labor, the General Presidency for the Youth Welfare, the Ministry of Commerce, the National Committee for Childhood and the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
The Ministry of Social Affairs is currently working on a set of regulations and preventive procedures to limit the cases of domestic violence as much as possible, including the executive list for the protection against abuse and child protection.

Gasem Al-Maimani, deputy governor at the Saudi General Authority for Military Industries

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Gasem Al-Maimani, deputy governor at the Saudi General Authority for Military Industries

Gasem Al-Maimani has been the deputy governor for industry development at the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) since July 2019.

Al-Maimani gained a bachelor’s degree with honors in mechanical engineering from Dhahran’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in 1989.

After his graduation, he joined Yanbu Petrochemical Co. where he worked for four years as a project manager. In April 1993, he was promoted to a packaging superintendent and continued in the role until January 2000, when he was appointed as acting manager of the company’s polymers reaction unit.

Four years later, he moved to Riyadh to join Saudi diversified manufacturing company SABIC as general manager of its polymers strategic business unit. Al-Maimani, who has held various top managerial positions, remained in his post for nearly eight years before becoming vice president for the Saudi National Industrial Cluster Development Program, a government-initiated scheme aimed at developing and supporting new industries.

In February 2012, Al-Maimani was selected as the Kingdom’s deputy minister of commerce and investment. After 16 months, he moved to the Qatrana Cement Co. and was its chairman for nearly five years.

In 2018, he became CEO of Taiba Investments, and was then appointed as GAMI’s deputy governor.

Recently, GAMI confirmed that the Kingdom would increase its support for scientific research from its military budget to 4 percent over the next 10 years. Al-Maimani said that there were currently 30 military factories in Saudi Arabia, but he predicted that the number would increase over the next decade with 50 percent of the country’s military industries becoming nationalized.