Princess Lamia bint Majid bin Saud Al Saud, Secretary-General of Alwaleed Philanthropies, expressed her views regarding Human Rights as the following:-
Every year on the 10th of December, the world celebrates International Human Rights Day, a reminder to all of us of the need to provide equal opportunities to all regardless of gender, race, religion, and other different backgrounds.
The basic principle on which International Human Rights Day is based is embodied in equal rights, starting with basic human rights and ending with providing equal opportunities to accept cultural and social perceptions, opinions, and ideas for all without exception.
We must search for the current and future needs of people from a social, cultural, and economic perspective. We must all work with international actors in the field of human rights, alert specialists in human rights files and the importance of their interaction with and understanding of human rights mechanisms.
Here, I would like to present a vivid example of this trend, which is what was approved by the vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the year 2030, which at the core of its objectives was the necessity of the full participation of Saudi women at all levels, investing their energies and providing an environment that suits them.
There are participatory efforts at the local and international levels to change the previously prevailing view of women, as many job roles and occupations were limited to men. We have sought from the beginning to change the societal view of women’s work, based on our firm belief in the importance of empowering and supporting women in all sectors.
We have succeeded in supporting women and youth craftsmen by providing a variety of business opportunities to sell their products to hotels in the 5-star category.
We launched in 2014 the legal initiative “Waa’a” which aims to educate women about their legal rights. In 2020, Alwaleed Philanthropies signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Human Rights Commission to empower women and youth, build indicators to support the rights of persons with disabilities, women, and children following international conventions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created exceptional challenges across all sectors of life and has had a greater impact on women by limiting direct education opportunities, economic impact, limited job opportunities, access to resources, and health and well-being in general.