The number is not far from the truth and if we count the domestic workers, the number exceeds 1.5 million. Most of these domestic drivers work for families in Saudi Arabia and drain their revenues but now that the ban on women’s driving has been lifted, there aren’t any strong reasons to hire them.
More than 120,000 women submitted applications to get driving licenses once the ban was lifted. This number expresses the magnitude of popular support and which we weren’t certain of before considering that allowing women to drive cars has been a religious and social problem for a long time.
Fixing the social and economic situation of the Saudi family serves the interest of the local economy as financial squandering on it or because of it is very huge. Since celebrations, concerts and cinemas were banned, hundreds of thousands of families traveled for entertainment. Due to the government regulations’ restraints on professions that hire women, tens of thousands of qualified women were left jobless without a source of income.
All this is changing gradually today. Two years ago, only few shops at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah allowed hiring women but today the majority of employees are women while the minority is men. These women were probably hired at the expense of foreign laborers.
Job openings for women
This governmental bravery that’s unique in the kingdom’s history in terms of breaking what’s socially prohibited is achieving quick and amazing results and leading the society in general towards change. Everything we’ve seen so far is received in a positive, peaceful and smooth mannerAbdulrahman al-Rashed