Saudi women to be allowed to work in shops selling female accessories
Saudi women will be permitted to work in shops selling female accessories as long as they are subject to the rules of Islamic Sharia, confirmed Abdel-Latif Sheikh, head of Saudi government committee "Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice" (PVPV) Saturday.
Speaking to Saudi newspaper Al-Madina, Sheikh explained that the PVPV will be authorised to restrict women from this type of work if they violate Sharia law.
In December 2011, the Saudi grand Mufti issued a fatwa (religious edict) prohibiting women from working in accessories and lingerie shops describing the job as "criminal and disrespectful."
Unemployment among women is exceptionally high in Saudi Arabia: it surpasses the unemployment rate for men by almost 30 per cent.
A total of 1.7 million female citizens do not have jobs despite the fact that almost half of these women hold university degrees, the Saudi labour ministry indicated in December last year.
- A blessing in disguise? UAE unemployment pushing youth towards entrepeneurship
- Why, despite all the insecurity, foreign students still flock to Lebanon to learn Arabic
- Overhaul or overkill? Gulf countries to spend $150 billion on education reform
- There's no faking it: tampering degrees in the UAE can surely land you in jail
- Is an MBA degree worth it?
- New Saudi labor law promotes female employment
- Are you a female expat looking for work in KSA? Ministry of Labor approves seven new professions for women workers
- Saudi women launch home-based businesses
- Saudi female lawyers might still need to forego the pencil skirt, but no longer their degrees!
- Saudi women seek more job opportunities