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Maha Akeel

Maha Akeel is director of Social and Family Affairs at the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Twitter: @MahaAkeel1

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A historic day for every Saudi woman

It is finally here after years of debate, argument, refusal, campaigns. It feels surreal. What an exciting day! Women can start driving cars and other vehicles with a Saudi driving license issued by the Saudi traffic authorities.

June 24, 2018

Saudi women are winning the battle for rights

The year 2017 was definitely the year of empowering Saudi women.

March 07, 2018

Ending the war in Yemen

Saudi Arabia continues to deliver humanitarian aid to Yemen, and works to reach a political solution to the crisis and support the legitimate authority. Meanwhile, Iran continues to provide weapons to Houthi militias and prolong Yemeni suffering.

January 27, 2018

To fully comprehend the Rohingya’s suffering, you have to see it

They sat silent in their makeshift camps looking helplessly in despair, fear and uncertainty.  At first they were reluctant to talk.

January 13, 2018

Saudi cinemas go back to the future

We usually say that we do not want to go backwards, we need to move forward. But in some cases in Saudi Arabia we are going back to where we stopped more than three decades ago, so that we can move forward and catch up.

December 16, 2017

Arab world must resolve to find peace

Last week, the world held its breath and watched with incredulity the announcement by US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

December 13, 2017

After 30 years in a coma, the real Saudi ‘awakening’ begins now

It was not an ordinary statement or pledge; not only because it was made by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but also because of what it implied — and it was followed only two weeks later with an exceptional, earth-shattering move.

November 07, 2017