Monday, June 27, 2011

Pertinent point on Saudi women employment

The extraordinarily high rate' of unemployment among womenfolks in Saudi Arabia' seems to have received official attention. But the fairly critical as well as inescapable question is still whether the acquisition of' marketable skills alone can solve the structural problem, while the many religious restrictions on women's physical movement and social interaction, such as the very disputable driving ban, are still in place. Probably, the unspoken fear is that, once all the existing restrictions on women' are removed, many more' male enforcers of' the curbs are going to be unemployed or unemployable as' they have no other skills.