Labor laws

‘Dangerous’ jobs now open to women in Saudi Arabia

A woman drives a car in Saudi Arabia. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Labor laws in Saudi Arabia have changed this week to allow women to participate in “hazardous or dangerous” jobs, according to Arabic newspapers referenced by CNBC. The Saudi Ministry of Labor’s change came as a result of pressure from the International Labor Organization (ILO), which argued that the clause meant to protect women from such work was a violation of the ILO’s equal opportunity requirements. It is still unclear what “hazardous or dangerous” jobs will now be made available to women.

Saudi’s Labor Minister did not agree with the ILO, but agreed to remove the clause anyway. “He did not find the Saudi Labor Law treating women unequally to men in any way. Rather it protects women’s femininity,” an unnamed source told the Makkah newspaper.

Read the full story at CNBC.

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