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The city I shall call Womentopia

August 13, 2012

The strict governing of women or infact everyone in Saudi Arabia is no longer a suprise, but each time I read another article, watch another documentary or speak to a native, I always find myself being amazed!

Today  I read that they are building a new ‘work city’ only for women which will consist mainly of food production, textiles and pharmaceuticals. It will provide 5000 jobs to women only and will be run by women.

I for one think that this is actually a good idea.

Well…a good compromise.

‘The city, to be built in the Eastern Province city of Hofuf, is set to be the first of several planned for the Gulf kingdom. The aim is to allow more women to work and achieve greater financial independence, but to maintain the gender segregation, according to reports.‘ (Guardian)

That says it all really.

What I do worry about it that the women who will probably be working there will not be the ones who are suffering the most in the country. The poor, uneducated, almost ‘untouchables’ would never have a chance, but this stands for both sexes.

If this works and it works well enough to become praised and celebrated this is only the start. Although there is suggestions of some employers only wanted single women…but only time will tell things like this.

To someone from the west little things like finally letting women work in lingerie shops and to vote in general elections (2015 will be the first) are things taken for granted but in Saudi Arabia these little changes change women’s lives everyday and give them greater independence.

Will men and women ever be equal in Saudi Arabia? Can men and women ever be equal?

I don’t know the answers, but its a bloody interesting debate!



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua permalink
    August 13, 2012 10:25 pm

    Oh boy, as a woman that actually sounds strange and I’m really doubtful about it not only because balance is healthy but also because it feels like they’re building some kind of ghetto…

    • August 27, 2012 11:18 am

      I know its not that much better but it is only in the workplace and I have a friend who is a bit of a radical feminist and she said ‘YES PLEASE’ but I figure that her case may be different to those in Saudi!

      If it works then women will benefit, if it doesn’t work then nothing has changed.

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