Saudi women driving 'to create 500,000 jobs in 10 years

01 July 2018

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Saudi businesswomen expect that the lifting of the ban on women driving would create more job opportunities for women as the move will facilitate their employment and will reflect positively on their social life.

Abeer Al-Baluchi said economic projections show that the driving decision will create 500,000 job opportunities in the next 10 years. “Official figures state that Saudi women participation in the labor market does not exceed 22.0%. The Kingdom's Vision 2030 seeks to increase this to 30.0% by 2030,” Baluchi said.

"The general rate of unemployment is 12.0% and the unemployment of women is 33.0%. The government had to restructure the economic and social status of the country to enable more women to join the workforce,” said Baluchi.

The driving freedom, she said, will solve the transportation problem that faces particularly women from middle-income families. The Saudi government has decided to restructure the economic and social situation in order to enhance women's participation in the labor market.
Sharifa Eman Al-Ghalib, another businesswoman, said every Saudi woman now lives a historic moment that has been long awaited. She noted that many Saudi women used to drive outside the country, but their dream of driving in the country has come true during the reign of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.

Source: Zawya. 28 June 2018

Saudi women driving 'to create 500,000 jobs in 10 years

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