More Saudi Heroes

A couple of weeks ago I was inspired by Dr. Al Gosaibi’s passing to honor not just him but also other Saudis who have chosen to risk condemnation and more to make an effort for the betterment of fellow Saudis.

Here are some more great Saudi heroes:

Dr. Huda Al Munsour

Dr. Al Munsour was bothered by how widespread the inherited condition Thalassemia was in Saudi Arabia so she decided to do something about it. She proposed that all Saudis considering marriage be tested for genetic diseases. Thus they can make an informed decision before. After years of campaigning and petitioning, she was able to see her idea implemented all across Saudi Arabia.

Amina Fatani

Amina Fatani at the young age of 21, started a campaign to preserve heritage sites. This is especially important as many Saudis do not see any value in these sites. I believe that many great things are to come from Ms. Fatani.

Haifa Khalid

Ms Khalid is a poet and a women’s rights activist. She is the mastermind behind a non-profit organization for divorced women. One of the main issues about divorce in Saudi is that the majority of women are unaware of their rights. Due to women not demanding these rights, sometimes both husbands and judges conveniently forget them too.  That’s where Ms. Khalid comes in. She is a regular on TV and newspapers. She educates women and also appeals to the judicial system to implement more safeguards for divorced women’s rights.

Abdulrahman Allahim

A lawyer unlike most lawyers, he represented the Qatif girl, Fatima and Monsour, the married couple who were forcefully separated, and he raised the first case in Saudi history against the PVPV on behalf of a Saudi woman. He was the 2008 recipient of both the International Human Rights Lawyer Award and the Human Rights Watch Award.

Reem Asaad

Ms.Asaad is a lecturer at a university in Jeddah. She started a campaign to allow Saudi women to work in lingerie shops as currently the majority of these shops are manned by expatriate male workers. I’ve written about her campaign in this post.

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15 responses to “More Saudi Heroes

  1. Chiara

    Very very very very interesting!!!!! Thanks a lot for this!

  2. Jenna

    wow! real heros! Thank you for sharing… heros like this always put me in a great mood because we always only here about the bad things in the world and its so inspiring to hear about the angels too

  3. I agree with the whole list…

    I do, however, find the list a teeny weeny sexist :)

  4. Kha

    I had never heard of the Qatif case before this post and I am heartbroken. What a horrifying tragedy…

    But besides that…I am always thrilled and interested in learning about Saudis who are active in bettering the lives of others in their country. There is a bad stereotype of Saudi Arabia and its people; even I need to be reminded sometimes that not every person is the same. This is great to break down those walls.

  5. Thanks so much for your lists of Saudi heroes, many of whom work quietly behind the scenes without any fanfare. It really is important to highlight and honor these innovative and caring people who are trying to help Saudi Arabia move forward in our modern world.

  6. Thank you so much for the list. Howcome I never heard of them before!??!!!
    :O :O :O

  7. Thanks for sharing this list dear :)

  8. First, I’d like to really thank you for adding my name among a list of such amazing people with accomplishments that by far pass my own.

    I didn’t start the campaign you mentioned, I was merely an active participant and I am still trying to advocate preservation of our local heritage sites here in the Hijazi region.

    Whilst working in a few campaigns to help raise awareness for several important issues, I realized that many of our youth don’t have the basis on which they could understand and comprehend the importance of standing up and committing to being change agents in our society, so last year I founded a youth group that focuses on just that: Intellect.
    You can check this video:

    Our mission is not an easy one, so every support we find is always appreciated.
    Thank you again for adding my name up there although I really feel unworthy.

    Best,
    Amna Fatani

  9. Mouloud

    Ms.Asaad is a lecturer at a university in Jeddah, which adjusts her veil though we see her hair if she wants to be credible to the authorities.

  10. Jason

    Tell us what happens in your head when you see a woman or a female child’s hair, Mouloud? Does it turn you on? Do you want to rape?

    Perhaps we can help you get over your obsession and stop have such criminal, self destructive thoughts?

    • waleed

      hey jason,
      actually seeing ms assad’s hair and fatani’s face does turn me on you gay SOB faggot and I jerk off to satisfy couple of times a day. Do you have any fucking problem with that you assh–e!!

  11. Kha

    As usual, people focus on the hijab rather than on someone’s accomplishments. We are celebrating people for what they do, not their hair!

  12. What is wrong with men? What are they so afraid of? Living in a country ruled by men, and reading your knowledge and from before well known statements it seams like they are afraid to loose their power and control ower women. A person tht need power and control got a weekness. What scares them? Shouldn’t they be proud of their women that are strong and beutiful, and if they get well educated it should make them even prouder. Having a woman that works and make a good job with whatever she want to do (that should really be a free choise), should not be looked down on as long as it is honest work. What is so sinful with a woman working? A person contributing to the fellow home should be someting to be proud of.

    Reading your post about segregated schools, boys in their classes, and girls in their own classes, and not being able to have a teacher of the opposite sex chocks me. Again it strikes me to be insane that they use for reason that a boy could fall in love with his teacher and then maybe cause the teachers divorce! Hallo! Are you afraid to go out, you might get run over by a car… What is wrong with you people? Have you seen to many bad american comedies?

    And more, do the Saudi men really believe women are so stupid that they can not say no? A woman got a mind of her own, and it really takes two to tango. That means nothing happens without a second person. That person is just as well a male. And a woman dressing freely, being beutiful in hair and makeup got no blame, it is the men that must constrain their behavior. But probably this ruling of their world by men thinking like this, is them acknowleging that they are weak, and can not be let loose themselves. But should this really constrict and abuse the opposite sex of them? I do not think it should. Men must take responsibility of their actions and thoughts as well as anyone else. And it takes personal hard work to get there. Start working on it and stop abusing your womens rights.

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