GROUNDBREAKING: 10 women to hold important positions in the Haramain mosques
MBS's future plan "Vision 2030 رؤية السعودية " also includes an increase in women's employment.
Saudi Arabia has promoted ten women to senior positions in two of Islam’s holiest sites.
The appointment of women to religious positions has been regarded as a vital step in the country’s ongoing reforms under the supervision of Saudi Prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman محمد بن سلمان آل سعود (MBS).
According to Saudi officials, the women have been promoted to administrative and technical positions in key departments at mosques in Makkah al-Mukarramah مكة المكرمة and Madinah al-Munawwarah المدينة المنورة.
According to a statement issued by the office overseeing the affairs of both mosques, the appointment was aimed at “empowering highly trained and qualified women.”
MBS’s future plan “Vision 2030 رؤية السعودية ” also includes an increase in women’s employment. The plan aims to shift Saudi Arabia’s economy from oil to other sectors.
According to official statistics, by the last decade of 2019, the number of working women in the country had exceeded one million, which is 35% of the country’s labor force. In 2015, the number was 816,000.
Among other things, women are now allowed to drive, cinemas have been opened and men and women are now allowed to hang out in public places and events.
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