Human Rights Commission to open women’s branch in Riyadh

September 4, 2008

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) announced yesterday that it will open a women’s branch in Riyadh to handle cases of human rights violations against women and children, the Arab News reported today.

“‘Dignity of women and childhood support’ is the motto of this new wing,” Wafiqah Al-Dakhil, the newly appointed head of the women’s wing, told the Arab News.

Al-Dakhil said that the new branch aims to create awareness about the laws relating to women and children through campaigns and define rights as established by Islam. She added that it would seek the help of volunteers and experts from all over the Kingdom.

The Riyadh branch will have a team of specialists in psychology and sociology, who will handle complaints relating to violence, sexual harassment, arbitrary divorce, rape and personal cases.