Monday, August 13, 2012

In Saudia Arabia, This is Progress?

Saudi women are being given a portal to industry, sort of.   The government is building what sounds like a glorified industrial park that will be exclusively women-only.

The city, to be built in the Eastern Province city of Hofuf, is set to be the first of several planned for the Gulf kingdom. The aim is to allow more women to work and achieve greater financial independence, but to maintain the gender segregation, according to reports.

Segregation of the sexes is applied in Saudi Arabia, where Wahabi sharia law and tribal customs combine to create an ultra-conservative society that still does not allow women to drive. Saudi women are said to make up about 15% of the workforce, with most in female-only work places.

The proposals follow government instructions to create more job openings for women to enable them to have a more important role in the country's development.

I think I've heard of this idea before.   Oh yeah but back then they were called "plantations."

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