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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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Virus crisis a wakeup call for all of us

It’s microscopic, fast and mysterious; an invisible, sneaky enemy that does not differentiate between old and young, rich and poor, strong and weak, whoever and wherever they may be. It does not believe in borders, it simply relies on the human touch.

March 25, 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

Women’s confidence soaring thanks to their empowerment

I still pinch myself when I’m driving to work that this is not a dream. I look around me to confirm that I am actually driving in Jeddah and not in a city in another country. A year after the historic decision to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia, it still feels new and exciting.

June 23, 2019

No excuses, we must lead more healthy lifestyles




Saudi Arabia has recently issued several laws that prohibit smoking in public places. (AFP)

April 23, 2019