The Washington Post today announced the launch of the Jamal Khashoggi Fellowship, a new global opinions program established to honor the late Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. The fellowship will provide an independent platform for journalists and writers to offer their perspectives from parts of the world where freedom of expression is threatened or suppressed. The Post has named Hala Al-Dosari, an award-winning activist, scholar and writer from Saudi Arabia, the first Jamal Khashoggi fellow.

“We are honored to pay tribute to Jamal’s life and work and to the values he cared most about, including human rights and freedom of expression,” said Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor at The Post. “And we are honored that Hala has agreed to be the first fellow. Hala is a respected and leading voice on women’s issues, health policy and political reform across Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf states. We look forward to having her join our roster of contributors offering informed and different perspectives that they may not be able to express in their own countries or region.”

As a fellow, Al-Dosari will write columns focused on the most important issues shaping the Middle East today. She is currently a scholar in residence at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice in the School of Law at New York University. She serves as an advisory board member for Human Rights Watch for the Middle East and North Africa region and the Gulf Center for Human Rights. She holds a PhD in health services research from Old Dominion University, a Master of Medical Science from the University of Surrey and a Bachelor of Science from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Dosari’s columns will also be translated in Arabic and available on Post Opinion’s Arabic language page.