Saudi Foreign Ministry to Employ Women

JEDDAH - The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to employ women in international relations research and its various other branches.

By Habib Shaikh

Published: Thu 28 Jan 2010, 9:34 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:42 AM

The move is aimed at reducing rising unemployment rates among the Kingdom’s women population.

It said in a statement on Tuesday that applicants for the post of researcher should have a bachelor’s degree either in political science or international relations or public relations experience with command of English language.

Women applicants for clerical posts should have a diploma in secretarial work or in computers and should be comfortable using computer systems.

The deadline for applications is January 30. The ministry will not accept any applications directly. Candidates should check the ministry’s websites to find out the date of interview.

According to one report, there were 182,987 jobless women, including graduates, in the Kingdom in 2007-8, putting unemployment among women at 27 per cent.

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed, chairman of Asharqia Chamber, emphasised the need to adopt a strategy to make full use of women’s capabilities. “The work of women is more valuable than the money they possess bechuse they represent half of the population and their active participation in economic activities is essential,” he said.

Statistics show that about 82,000 women graduates are jobless, he said and added that Saudi women’s contribution to economic activity was far less than expected.

In a related development, the ministry of labour’s office in Dammam on Tuesday announced its intention to issue 3,000 licences for women to enable them to work from home. A statement from the office said 51,451 Saudi women have been employed in the private sector.

Spokesman for the ministry, Hattab Al Anazi stressed the importance of creating more jobs that help women to work from home.

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