Saudi women gain workplace protection

Feb 15 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

Women across Saudi Arabia will undoubtedly be glad to see that legislation is in the pipeline to protect women in the workplace, notably with respect to anti-harassment protection.

Shariah law currently is ambiguous with regards to mixed workplace, which means that it's undefined. As a result, the Social, Family and Youth Affairs Committee at the Shoura Council is looking to change that and modernize the role of women in the workplace.

We'll see how that all pans out, but if successful, it will be a major victory for Saudi women, as well as women across the region. Numerous studies have shown that sexual harassment remains a major problem, if not the major obstacle, facing Saudi women in the workplace.

As with every group of people, there is likely to be some resistance to these types of advancements, but in the long run, it really is a step forward for women and society as a whole.