Lack of transport linked to unemployment among Saudi women

32.6 percent of Saudi women lose their jobs due to lack of transportation, according to the study.

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A recent study published by King Khalid Charitable Organization revealed that 32.6 percent of Saudi women lose their jobs due to lack of transportation, Al-Hayat daily reported.

The study prepared by Efad Researches and Consultation Center also revealed that 8 percent of women are unemployed because their families are preventing them from working.

The study stressed on the low educational levels of poor women, as 42.2 percent of the study's sample were illiterate. About 75 percent of the women did not have a provider because almost half of them were divorced or widows and the rest lived with their unemployed husbands, it said.

The study was conducted on a sample of 3,865 women in 13 administrative areas in the Kingdom and covered women between 20-50 years old.

This shows that illiteracy is still a problem among Saudi women, as 25.4 percent do not continue their education after completion of elementary school, the study said, adding that the low educational level is the main reason for the low awareness of women about their health, social and other rights.

The study also shows that 32.1 percent of the sample said they have continued their education only due to their family circumstances, while 22.1 percent believed education is not important to women.

Only 10.5 percent of the surveyed women are employed, and this is considered a low percentage, especially that the sample focused on women in the 20 -50 age group.

According to the study, the reason for the low employment of women is the lack of opportunities in the job market and available jobs are limited to certain fields only.

The study concluded that most poor women in Saudi society are between 20-50 years old, which is the employable age, and is a great waste of human resources.

In addition, the study also revealed the low pension provided by social security, the shortage of schools, hospitals and health centers, the low level of services and the inability of the women to have a decent and honorable social life.

This article was published in the Saudi Gazette on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

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