Maha Akeel

Maha Akeel is former director of Social and Family Affairs at the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Twitter: @MahaAkeel1

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Education at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s progress

Education has always been at the heart of progress in Saudi Arabia and, as we celebrate Saudi National Day, it is important to remember, appreciate and be proud of what has been achieved in a short period of time, but also to anticipate and prepare for future challenges and developments.

September 22, 2022

Afghanistan’s future depends on its treatment of women

While many Afghans are skeptical about the Taliban’s promises of inclusivity and their ability to govern the country, many more are sure that women will have no place in public life generally.

September 07, 2021

Saudi women on the rise but gender gap remains

The numbers are impressive. The participation rate of Saudi women in the labor force, including those who had a job or were actively looking, increased from 20 percent in late 2018 to 33 percent by the end of 2020, according to the General Authority for Statistics.

August 18, 2021