Saudi of­fi­cials call to open jobs for women

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

RIYADH: A se­nior Saudi cleric and a health min­istry of­fi­cial said women should be al­lowed to work as paramedics and op­ti­cians, Saudi news­pa­pers re­ported yes­ter­day, part of a push to re­lax strict la­bor codes in the ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive king­dom. “It’s fine (for a woman) to work as a para­medic, pro­vided she’s de­cent and in the law­ful attire,” a se­nior mem­ber of the state-ap­pointed body of cler­ics, the ulama, Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al-Manea told Okaz daily. Mohammad Ba­jbair, a se­nior health of­fi­cial in the Red Sea com­mer­cial hub of Jed­dah, told the Saudi Gazette that women could work in op­ti­cians’ shops as long as they do not mix with men. “If a com­plaint is re­ceived by the health af­fairs depart­ment about the mixed en­vi­ron­ment then the shop might be closed down,” said Ba­jbair.

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