Speaking: HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz
WED Team | Oct 8, 2014
Title: Editor, WED Network
Topic category: 2014 WED

HRH Princess Basmah writes about her mission:

"As I was growing up, I was the kind of child, who questioned everything and everyone around her. For years I sought to unlock what I saw as the mysteries of life but hard as I tried those secrets remained tight lipped.

When I became a mother some things, like my responsibilities, became clear but I still had no answers to the many pressing questions that still haunted me. Essentially, I felt I wanted to make a difference but I didn’t know how and where to start.

As I reached the golden age of 40 it was as if I had woken from a long sleep. Everything became crystal clear. I knew what I had to do. I had to embark on a journey of reform, first in my personal life and then in my public life.

The first step was to leave an unhappy marriage and take full responsibility for my five children. Once I experienced reform in my private life, I wanted to see it everywhere. I especially wanted to see it in my country, Saudi Arabia, whose problems I was no longer afraid to highlight.

But my country was only a starting point and increasingly I felt the need to promote respect and freedoms within all societies and between genders."

Learn more about her many projects and philosophy on her website, http://www.basmahbintsaud.biz

Tags: HRH Princess Basmah, Princess Basmah Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia, Women's Rights, Activism
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