Industry: Culture and society
Country: Saudi Arabia
Dr Mona Al Munajjed is not only Saudi Arabia’s foremost sociologist – she’s a high-profile women’s activist as well. She has spent fifteen years working and advising various UN international agencies, including the International Labour Office, the UN International Children’s Fund, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).
Some of Al Munajjed’s work for ESCWA involved helping local NGOs in Saudi Arabia, particularly by providing technical assistance and advisory services to women’s welfare associations in Jeddah, Riyadh, Al Qassim, Ha’il and other areas.
Al Munajjed has also carried out work for the UN International Children’s Fund (UNICEF). On a field work mission to Abha and Assir in Saudi Arabia, she undertook a health awareness programme for the promotion of knowledge about the advantages of breastfeeding and oral rehydration therapy. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from American University in Beirut, a master’s in the same discipline from New York University and a doctorate from George Washington University in Washington DC.
Between 2008 and 2011, she worked as a senior advisor at Booz & Co’s Riyadh office, where she wrote in-depth reports on social issues in the Arab region. She received the UN-21 Award for excellence, outstanding coordination and individual productivity in 2005.
She has spoken at many international forums and conferences, including the General Electric Women’s Forum in New York, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Amsterdam, the World Crafts Council in Chennai, and the UNESCO World Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries, in Monza, Italy.
Al Munajjed is also a published author; her books include ‘Saudi Women Speak; 24 Remarkable Women Tell Their Success Stories (2006) and Women in Saudi Arabia Today (1997).