According to the Arabic newspaper Al Madinah, the Council of Saudi Chambers has the plan to hire women in the food sector. This would be a step forward in reforming the labour market and empowering women economically.
However, according to the project details, Saudi women shall initially be hired to work in only 16 restaurants on trial basis. Wife of the Riyadh Amir, Princess Nourah Bint Mohammad is heading the project.
“Initially we will hire women in 16 restaurants on trial basis. In order to discuss strategies to hire more women in the food sector, we will also schedule and hold meeting and workshop with the owners of the restaurants,” said Huda Al Jiraisi, initiating team’s head.
This move by the Saudi authorities will offer more employment opportunities to Saudi women in the private sector because right now, the rate of the women’s unemployment is 33 percent and the total rate of unemployment in the Saudi Kingdom is 12 percent.
The plan to hire Saudi women in restaurants is a part of the Saudi Council’s objective to grow women’s contribution to the Saudi labour market to 30 percent by 2030.