A video clip circulated by social media users showed a veiled Saudi woman regulating traffic at a traffic light in the city of Arar, on the Saudi-Iraqi border.
According to the video monitored by “Watan”, the Saudi woman stood in the middle of an intersection in Arar at a traffic light and worked to regulate the movement of cars.
A woman in Arar organizes car traffic after the signal stops due to a sudden power cut. pic.twitter.com/ucLnVwuKes
Celebrities and Kharabit! (@_jiif) May 26, 2021
A Saudi woman makes a fuss after regulating traffic in Arar
The pioneers of social networking sites interacted with the video among those surprised about the behavior of the Saudi woman who stood organizing traffic after the traffic lights stopped as a result of the power outage. According to what Saudi accounts said
I could already be working in the interior, the traffic sector, on vacation, and I saw that it is her duty to do this work. In general, God gives her wellness for her action, because it is possible that she saved someone from an accident
– Mohamed Barkat 9️⃣ (@ gramy19917357) May 26, 2021
I swear, it’s soooooo
– MASHARI (@ mashari112) May 26, 2021
May Allah reward her
-. (@ khaled15858) May 27, 2021
This is a fashion show, not a march
In any case, it is the flattening of the movement
– ò_ó مگس (@ is20sy) May 27, 2021
A girl, men, stop her
– Yousef AlMansoori (@ vv__220) May 27, 2021
Women in Saudi Arabia
The increasing influx of Saudi women into the job market reflects Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to reform the economy by creating new jobs amid faltering growth, according to a report by Bloomberg International.
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According to the report, keeping women at home is a luxury that the world’s largest exporter of crude oil can no longer afford due to the high cost of living caused by the government’s cuts to petrol and electricity subsidies and the imposition of new fees and taxes, including a 15% value-added tax.
The report pointed out that the previous reasons pushed Saudi families increasingly to provide work opportunities for women, which led to tremendous social and economic changes in the country that overturned the former traditional life and changed the lifestyle of women in various strata of society, which contributed to the resentment of some conservative Saudis.
The report said: “Social changes in Saudi Arabia are not illusory as the process of gender segregation that was strictly enforced by the religious police in the past vanishes, not only among urban elites, but even in conservative cities such as Al-Qassim.”
The report continued: “Men and women who are not formally related can mix openly in restaurants and public places, unlike the previous case in which the religious police prevented this.”
Saudi Arabia had curbed the influence of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, whose existence was aimed at compelling Prime Time Zone to apply Islamic law as part of the social reforms of Prince Muhammad, who is considered the de facto ruler of the Kingdom, and ended the ban on women driving cars, and eased the rules for absolute male guardianship over women.
“It is easy”
Although decision-making centers are still largely in the hands of men, female participation in the workforce increased from 19 percent in 2016 to 33 percent last year, according to the Statistics Authority’s Labor Force Survey.
“The government’s strong commitment to empowering Saudi women is the main driver,” the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said in a statement last March.
The report pointed out that reforms in Saudi Arabia came at a cost, as the scope of social freedoms expanded and political freedoms for both men and women declined due to the imprisonment of activists.
The report pointed out that more than two-thirds of unemployed Saudi women hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to only a third of men looking for work, at a time when the inclusion of educated women in the workforce is seen as essential to the success of Vision 2030 led by the young crown prince.
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