Hala Aldosari is an activist and scholar from Saudi Arabia who is now based in the United States. Her writings and research explore the social determinants of women’s health, violence against women, legal restrictions and reforms of women’s rights and human rights across the Arab Gulf States.
Aldosari serves as an advisory board member in several human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf Center for Human Rights, and ALQST for Human Rights Organization. Her writings have appeared in several international outlets, including Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Carnegie Center for International Peace, and Foreign Policy. In 2019, she was the inaugural Khashoggi fellow for the Washington Post, where she wrote several op-ed pieces on reforms and human rights in Saudi Arabia.
Her advocacy for gender equality and human rights in Saudi Arabia has included campaigning to end the driving ban against women and the male-guardianship system. Her advocacy and campaigning for gender equality has received widespread recognition. Aldosari received the Freedom House Award in 2016 for outstanding leadership in the cause of freedom and democracy, and the Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award in 2018 for extraordinary activism.