Henriette van Lynden lecture

As has been illustrated by recent debates, women in Saudi Arabia are still restricted in many ways. Yet, we are also witnessing gradual signs of change. The economic reform program Saudi Vision 2030, launched in April 2016, has reinvigorated the domestic debate about the position of women in the country. Meanwhile, more Saudi women are joining the workforce, climbing the career ladder, and securing management positions. This Henriette van Lynden lecture will therefore focus on the subject:

‘Women in Saudi Arabia: Times of Change?’

 You are welcome you on Monday May 22 of 2017 from 19:30 hrs. to 21:30 hrs. (the lecture starts at 20:00 hrs.) in De Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102 in Amsterdam. Admission is free and drinks will be served afterwards.

Hatoon Al-Fassi, Khalid Al-Khudair and Hala Aldosari will share their views on the topic and participate in a discussion

Hatoon Al-Fassi

Hatoon Al-Fassi is a Saudi Arabian scholar who is currently Professor of International Affairs at Qatar University. She was previously employed by King Saud University in Riyadh. Her areas of expertise include women’s history, women and Islamic rights, civil reform issues, and the history of the Arabian Peninsula. In 2005, she was in charge of the section on women and development in the First Gulf Human Development Report. Al-Fassi has been active in the women's right to vote campaigns for the 2005, 2011 and 2015 municipal elections. She is a columnist for the Arabic newspaper Al-Riyad and has been featured and interviewed by major national and international news outlets on a variety of topics, including the position of women in Saudi Arabia.

Khalid Al-Khudair

Khalid Al-Khudair is founder and CEO of Glowork, an organization focused on women’s empowerment which has created thousands of jobs for women in Saudi Arabia. This led Glowork to be awarded the ‘Best Innovation globally for job creation’ by the UN, ILO and World Bank. In 2014 Al-Khudair was elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum for his work in social entrepreneurship. Previously, he was Chief Operational Officer of Markets at KPMG in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan. He is the author of a book entitled Communicating Effectively in the Work Place and publishes regularly in international outlets such as the Huffington Post. Al-Khudair is a Steering Committee member of the Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia.

Hala Aldosari

Hala Aldosari is a visiting scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, where she focuses on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. Aldosari earned her PhD in health services research, concentrating on violence against women and its adverse health outcomes in Saudi Arabia. She has worked as a medical scientist, lecturer, and an administrator in the Saudi health and education sector. In 2015, she completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Aldosari currently directs a women’s rights advocacy project online. Her writings on Saudi political and social affairs have been featured in major media outlets such as The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera English. In 2016, Aldosari was awarded the Freedom Award by the American NGO Freedom House.

Please send a written confirmation of your attendance to DAM-lezingen@minbuza.nl, under the subject heading ‘Lecture May 2017’, indicating the number of attendees.

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