Despite all, Saudi women upbeat about future empowerment

SyndiGate – Albawaba – Wednesday, 02 October 2013 (originally published 30 Sept)

Two smiling women
Saudi women are one of the most economically powerful women in the Middle East. Image: SyndiGate

Despite a recent World Bank report saying that Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries for laws that limit women’s economic potential, Saudi women are optimistic that empowerment among them is growing.

The World Bank report notes that nearly 90 percent of the 143 countries surveyed have at least one law on the books that ban women from certain jobs, making independent decisions, opening a bank account or accessing money.

In Saudi Arabia, the era of being limited to work in certain job categories, such as schools and kitchens, has jeopardized the earning prospects for many Saudi women . . .

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