Hala Aldosari joins the MIT Center for International Studies as Wilhelm Fellow
Saudi scholar and activist will conduct research on political and civil reforms in Saudi Arabia.
“It is an honor to receive the fellowship at such a pivotal and transformative moment in the Arab countries. I am grateful that it will provide me with a precious opportunity to organize my thinking and research for political and civil reforms in Saudi Arabia.”
— Hala Aldosari, C.I.S. Wilhelm Fellow
Hala Aldosari, a Saudi scholar and activist whose work focuses on women’s rights in Arab societies, violence against women, and the “guardianship” system in Saudi Arabia, has joined the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) as its Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow.
Aldosari arrives to MIT on June 1, and will spend the academic year conducting research on successful initiatives of women’s rights in the Arab countries. In addition, she will use the fellowship to establish an advocacy organization to advance women’s and human rights in Saudi Arabia.
Aldosari maintains a women’s rights advocacy project online (aminah.org) and participates in advocacy efforts and community capacity building aimed at promoting women’s rights and combating violence against women in Saudi Arabia. She is an advisory board member for Human Rights Watch in the Middle East and the Gulf Center for Human Rights. She is also serving as a steering committee member in the Harvard University-led initiative, Every Woman, to establish a United Nations global treaty on violence against women.