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King Saud University’s Abdulrahman Al Rajhi and Family Foundation Chair for the Role of Saudi Women in Developing Society has invited Dr. Nadia Mustafa, head of the Political Science Department at Cairo University, to lecture in April about women and their roles in civilization.
Dr. Mustafa, an author, academic and researcher, has extensive experience analyzing the differences between Western and Islamic paradigms of studying international relations theory. Her studies on the impact of religion on society, traditional theses on the clash of civilizations and intercultural dialogue or the lack thereof.
The event is the latest sponsored by the Chair, which upon its founding in August of 2008, immediately set to developing a plan of action with the participation of 40 female academics. Princess Princess Hessa bint Trad Al-Shaalan, spouse of HRH King Abdullah, presided over the 2008 launching of the program.
Chair Supervisor Dr. Noura bint Abdullah Al Adwan strives in her role to make the Chair an engine of progress, developing the roles of women in the Kingdom’s knowledge-based society, ensuring their social stability and prosperity, improving their quality of life and monitoring and maintaining such progress. The Chair serves as an invaluable public service, and embraces values and goals that are in line with the teaching of Islam and the sensitivities of Saudi society.
The Chair has, since 2008, organized many activities related to the roles of women in the Kingdom and the family charter in Islam, including a January 2010 legal training session for exploring the rights of Saudi women and families.
Other activities have included training girls on legal concepts of human rights, discussing current and potential economic activities for women and planning a seminar to look at part-time and distance employment for women.
The Chair has also signed an agreement with the women’s committee of the Saudi Chamber of Industry and Commerce and recently gave its support to a campaign launched to promote women’s rights.
That campaign was inaugurated under the patronage of the spouse of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and is intended to promote the cultural awareness of Saudi women through a series of training sessions on human rights and moral duties in light of Islamic jurisprudence (Shari'a).
Dr. Al Adwan added that through through partnership with official and non-governmental institutions, the Chair is advancing a scientific strategy that promotes women's rights and duties and is intended to raise Saudi women's legal awareness in order to secure a safe and stable life for these women. This would eventually have a significant impact on the cohesion of the Saudi family.