10 voices for change in Saudi Arabia

4. Dr. Maha Almuneef


Pediatrician, executive director of the National Family Safety Program, and one of 12 women appointed as consultants to the Shura Council*

"A lot of women activists are against us as consultants. They said, 'You are there just to improve the picture of Saudi Arabia in the West; you are not very active in this.' They were right…. However, I do believe that we as consultants were really treated as full members, and we were really taken seriously."

*The Shura Council is comprised of 150 appointed members, all of whom are male, together with a dozen female "consultants."

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