20 Feb 2021

Alwaleed Philanthropies and the Human Rights Commission launch a series of programs to raise legal awareness and strengthen the protection of rights for women and youth in Saudi Arabia

Alwaleed Philanthropies, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, has launched a series of training programs in cooperation with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to promote legal awareness and strengthen the protection of rights for women and youth in Saudi Arabia. The programs are expected to support over 12,900 beneficiaries.

The launch was marked by a virtual opening ceremony, attended by HRH Princess Lamia bint Majed Saud Al Saud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies and Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, President of the Human Rights Commission.

The training programs, targeting female lawyers, will take place over the course of 6 months and consist of 8 courses. The expert-led training will provide a deep understanding of themes pertaining to human rights, and acquaint students with local and international human rights standards; familiarize them with legal consultation practices; and provide support for cases related to domestic violence against women and children.

The newly launched programs align with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, in supporting human capital development by enhancing the local workforce to better serve all segments of society.

HRH Princess Lamia bint Majed Saud Al Saud, Secretary General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, said: “At Alwaleed Philanthropies, we strongly believe in the importance of empowering and supporting women in all sectors. Previously, the legal field in the Arab world, and particularly in Saudi Arabia, was restricted to men. Although we have made significant progress, there is still a need to ensure that women have a voice in the legal sector, as members of the public, lawyers and judges.”

Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, President of the Human Rights Commission, said: “The Human Rights Commission is keen to cooperate with national, regional and international institutions working to enhance and progress efforts to protect human rights. The commission aims, through such programs, to integrate an international human rights perspective in the approach of local specialists working to build upon the regional advancement of human rights and the development of localized capacity to support individuals and institutions.”

Alwaleed Philanthropies supports the enhancement of human rights and social justice infrastructure in Saudi Arabia and across the world. Earlier this year, the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) joined the School of Foreign Services at Georgetown University’s Global Anti-Racism Initiative, to provide scholarships for students studying interfaith relations. Through these scholarships and a visiting lecture series, ACMCU aims to further understanding of the impact of systematic racism, ultimately contributing to its reversal.

For four decades, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and spent more than 4 billion dollars on social welfare and initiated more than 1000 projects in over +189 countries, managed by 10 Saudi female members, reaching more than 1 billion beneficiaries around the world, regardless of gender, race, or religion. Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborates with a range of philanthropic, governmental, and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief, and create cultural understanding through education.