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Maha Akeel

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

Twitter: @MahaAkeel1

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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

New OIC initiative aims to empower women in the Muslim world

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is about to launch its own independent organization for women — a landmark achievement in its efforts to empower women in the Muslim world.

October 19, 2020

Women front and center in Saudi Arabia’s transformation

A recent international report praised Saudi Arabia for the measures it has taken in the past two years toward empowering women.

February 23, 2020