Board member, contributor to Al-Waref Institute; Activist
Maliha Alshehab is a Saudi writer who has made a name for herself as an outspoken advocate of women’s emancipation in Saudi society. From 2007 to 2010 she was a columnist for Al Watan, a leading Saudi newspaper. Due to the controversial nature of her articles, particularly on the issue of child marriage, her column was terminated and she for some time, could not find another Saudi media outlet to publish her work. She is currently a weekly columnist for the Kuwaiti paper Al Rai and published her debut book “Saudi Woman: Image and Voice.” An active speaker on many American campuses, Alshebab highlights domestic violence abuses Saudi women face, as well as what she calls the “paralyzing” effect of male guardianship. Alshebab is also a board member and contributor for Al-Waref Institute, an Islamic organization devoted to increasing the knowledge of the Middle East among Americans. She has published numerous articles through a variety of outlets on Saudi women and their human rights struggles, as well as her publicly renowned work entitled “No Guardianship.” She earned several awards, including the King Faisal University Award and the Imam Mohammed University award, for many of the articles she has written.