A few days ago, the head of the Saudi Commission for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice announced that including women in the staff has become a “pressing need.”
This is apparently an attempt to get back at the Saudi labor minister who is trying to implement a cabinet decision that allows women to work in lingerie shops. Judging by the statements they issued, commission officials seem angry at the minister for not responding to their requests for taking part in the implementation of this decision. They, therefore, have apparently decided to get ready with teams of women that can storm stores.
What seems striking here is that the commission now calling for hiring women in its team had previously objected to allowing women to work in lingerie jobs or as cashiers in supermarkets under the pretext that these jobs involve mingling between males and females. What seems more striking is the use of the phrase “pressing need” in reference to the necessity of hiring women at the commission whereas this “pressing need” approach was not applied by officials when a woman told a TV presented, “I want food even if it’s donkey meat.” It did not also convince the head of the Red Crescent to hire female paramedics again because it leads to mingling. The same applies to lawyers, family guides, ID verifiers, and clerics. A woman has, for example, to bring with her two men so that they can verify her identity in front of the judge while a woman could be hired for that purpose. More than 1.7 million women, one third of whom are university graduates, were also over overlooked in the Hafez welfare program. Some clerics actually declare in TV interviews that there is no need for a woman to leave her house unless it is absolutely necessary. Therefore, nine million women in Saudi are expected to be financially supported by nine million men, even though some of latter are not even capable of supporting themselves.
Nine million women in Saudi Arabia are expected to be financially supported by nine million men, even though some men are not even capable of supporting themselves.Dr. Badreya al-Bishr