Unified Organization for Women's Work Environment Initiative Launched in Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 20 January, 2019 - 11:15
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has announced the launch of the Unified Organization for Women's Work Environment Initiative to create an attractive working environment for women to enhance their presence in various labor market activities and to facilitate private sector enterprises to attract and empower women to work, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Ministry emphasized its keenness through this organization to open several fields for women's work while at the same time providing an attractive and safe work environment for women's work and stability.

The organization addressed several measures for women's work, the most important of which is the employer's commitment to creating a suitable work environment for women, avoiding doing any work to pressure freedom of women in a way that does not conform to labor and local regulations, non-discriminating in wages between female and male workers in the equal value work, providing a suitable place for female workers to perform prayers, rest and provide them with private toilets, providing women with suitable areas and distances to practice their work or separate counters, ensuring privacy and independence in the women's sections of office working environments not assigned to receive customers, non-employing women in cleaning facilities or rooms and carrying bags in relation to the tourist accommodation sector, except those for women only, providing enough security guard or suitable electronic security system for facilities assigned to women, the number of working women in one shift should not be less than two in the case of presence of male workers, in addition to the non-employment of women in establishments exclusive for men.

The Ministry also prohibits the employment of women in industrial occupations and works that expose them to risks and damages for protecting their safety.

According to SPA, the Ministry specified the working hours for women at night for various activities until 11 p.m. except for industrial activities until 6 p.m., as well as some activities and other situations where women can work at any hour of the night, such as work in hospitals and emergency situations in addition to the work in Ramadan and seasons and the central areas in Makkah and Madinah for the establishments whose working hours organized by others, such as the secretariats of cities or provinces and municipalities affiliated to them.

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