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Women’s News: Saudi Women to Get Their Own ‘City’


Reporter’s Notebook by ABC News’ Lara Setrakian:

Separate has never meant equal in Saudi Arabia. But a new women-only development in Saudi’s Eastern Province is aimed at moving women forward, easing more of them into the workplace.

The new industrial “city” is expected to create about 5,000 jobs in women-run factories and firms, The Guardian newspaper reported.  The site will be equipped “for women workers … consistent with the privacy of women according to Islamic guidelines and regulations,” the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) said in a statement.

Women and men are kept separate in the Saudi kingdom, where a strict interpretation of Islam dominates the public arena. That poses a specific challenge to women workers, especially at the lower end of the income scale. They often can’t interview for jobs with male bosses and need special accommodations to get to work, because they’re not allowed to drive or spend…

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