Shura Council Advisor Dr. Maha Abdulla Al-Muneef has been named one of the “Women of Courage” by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama. The honor was presented at an event held yesterday, in honor of International Women’s Day.
Introducing Al-Muneef, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Heather Higginbottom said “Dr. Maha Abdulla Al Muneef, has worked tirelessly to spread awareness about domestic violence and victims of child abuse. She is the executive director of the National Family Safety Program, or NFSP, which she founded in 2005 to combat domestic violence and child abuse in Saudi Arabia. Hers is the first organization in Saudi Arabia to address these issues. And under Dr. Al Muneef’s leadership, the NFSP has developed advocacy programs, reported on domestic violence and child abuse statistics in Saudi Arabia, and provided services for victims of abuse. Their hard work was rewarded in August 2013 when, after a multiyear effort, the Council of Ministers adopted landmark legislation to address these issues. Dr. Al Muneef and the NFSP played an instrumental role in drafting and advising on the Protection from Abuse law, which defines and criminalized domestic violence for the first time in Saudi Arabia.”