A \\\'People\\\'s Princess\\\'

By Habib TRABELSI – PARIS
Since 1996, \\\"Amar\\\" has broadened its activities to countries like Lebanon and Pakistan. he Foundation collaborates with the WHO, UNESCO and UNHCR.
Sara in the service of civil society
Before leaving Saudi Arabia, Sara had chaired a charitable foundationhttp://www.dsca.org.sa/ that takes care of children with \\\"Down syndrome\\\", a congenital chromosomal disorder manifested particularly by a decline in cognitive ability. It is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. It affects about 1 in every 800 babies.
In Saudi, the princess had also led a campaign aiming to improve the deplorable living conditions of detainees in prisons. She visited several prisons \\\"with the direct support of the Ministry of Interior and under its supervision.\\\"
Sara boasts about having \\\"established a group of doctors and specialists close to the government to present a project that has improved these conditions, in terms of health, education and vocational training.
\\\"I am not a rebel!\\\"
Sara, however, refuses to be called \\\"the rebel princess,\\\" a nickname that was \\\"stuck\\\" to her by some Arab journalists reacting to a Western press agency’s news report, published in March 2005.
It was after she had denounced the ultra conservatives for being the cause of restrictions on women and called on the kingdom\\\'s government to confront them in order to empower women. It was considered as a rare gesture by a female member of the Saudi royal family.
\\\"They (government) have to confront them,\\\" Princess Sarah said, referring to influential conservatives in Saudi Arabia.
She urged the government to \\\"combat them\\\" and proclaimed loudly that \\\"women should be full partners\\\" in the ultraconservative kingdom. \\\"The government has to recognize us as an equal half of society... This equal half has rights,\\\" she affirmed.
Such rights go beyond driving and voting to include equal rights in \\\"court, (especially) in divorce cases, trade, and in making schooling for women obligatory in every village in the kingdom,\\\" she said.
\\\"I\\\'m not a rebel. I do not want to outbid. I do not pretend that I have the ability to change the world. I want to change my world, slowly and quietly. I work for the good of all without any discrimination. I am the princess of the people. That\\\'s why I slammed the doors of the palace, \\\"asserted Sara to \\\"Saudiwave\\\".(End)
(Courtesy Middle East On line)