Body to defend divorced women OKd
To get the Emir's nod for the association is the culmination of long efforts of Thuriyah Aabed Sheikh, member of the National Society for Human Rights and an official of the Al-Wafa'a Women's Association.
"We are aiming to increase the awareness among women groups against domestic violence," said Sheikh.
The association, she said, has three main goals – protection, treatment and development.
Mwaddah (love between the family) association will present several courses regarding the problems faced by Saudi women.
"We will start by making Saudi women aware of the problems and suggest ways to protect themselves from the scourge of divorce," said Sheikh.
Having such an association in the Kingdom is considered the first step to give a chance to Saudi society to defend divorced women.
The association, Sheikh said, will soon open branches in different regions of the Kingdom.
"The success of the Saudi Divorce Initiative website in solving many familiar problems had encouraged us to raise our voice and defend the divorced women," added Sheikh.
A staff of 43 women consultants will be ready to present their best for the divorced women, she said.
The association will provide women with lawyers to defend their cases, Sheikh said.
"We are waiting for the Ministry of Social Affairs to give us a plot of land to have our own offices," said Sheikh.
Haifa'a Khalid, the first Saudi journalist, who launched the "Saudi Divorce Initiative" website to support divorced women, said several government and private bodies are needed to defend and support divorced women.
"Launching the Saudi Divorce Initiative website was very important step, but it is not enough.We are supporting Sheikh because of her position in the human rights body," she added. "I want the people in charge to support this new association and try to have more associations around the Kingdom, especially since the number of divorce cases are increasing in the Kingdom," Khalid said.