Symposium on Violence against Women


Advocacy & Politics: Where do they meet ?

AlShaheed Park 2 – Multipurpose Hall 2


November 14, 2017 6-9pm
Our panelists: Omar Altabtabaee, Dr. Ghanem AlNajjar, Baia Pataraia, Dr.Maha Al Muneef, Sundus Hamza Abbas Hussein

Omar Altabtabaee, Kuwait

Omar Altabtabaee is an elected Member of Parliament in Kuwait’s National Assembly, representing District 2. Omar contributed to the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee of the National Assembly. He adopted the Abolish 153 cause in May 2017 within the parliament and garnered four other signatures for an urgent request to abolish ‘Article 153’ in Kuwait’s Penal Code.

Dr. Ghanim Al-Najjar, Kuwait

A professor of political science at Kuwait University. Until recently, he was the UN independent expert for Human Rights in Somalia, a mandate he held for 8 years. He is a member of the board of the Arab Human Rights Fund based in Beirut, as well as an international commissioner with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva.

Baia Pataraia, Georgia

Human rights defender & lawyer focusing on women’s rights in Georgia. Founder of the Georgian Women’s Movement. The Executive Director of Union “Sapari”, a leading women’s rights organisation in Georgia. Baia is a PhD candidate of Public International Law.

Dr. Maha Al Muneef, Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian pediatrician pioneering the field of child maltreatment in Saudi Arabia and founder of the National Family Safety Program. Dr. Maha helped draft the Child Protection Act which defines and criminalizes domestic violence.

Sundus Hamza Abbas Hussein, Kuwait

Founding member of Abolish 153 and the Managing Director of Al Abjar Holding Company. In conjunction with Sundus’s professional career, she has been involved as political activist to further democratic practices in Kuwait.


Panelists talk

Sundus Hamza

Dr. Ghanim Al-Najjar

Baia Pataraia

Omar Altabtabaee

Dr. Maha Al Muneef

Questions & Answers

Full event video

127 min


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