Saudi W omen's Freedoms.

Saudi Women

Saudi Arabian Women and any woman entering the kingdom are not entitled to the same freedoms that we in the west take for granted.They are not allowed to drive, they have to wear an Abaya (A long black dress that covers them from head to foot), they must cover their hair and they are not allowed to socialize in private with a man who is not their direct blood relative (or husband.)

Segregation of the Sexes in Saudi Arabia.

For a woman it is strictly against the law for them to be alone with a man who is not their father, brother, son or husband. If a woman is caught in this situation she will be sentenced to be publicly flogged, this has recently happened to a woman in her seventies here in Saudi Arabia when she allowed a delivery man into her house!

If you are out and about in Saudi Arabia you will see that the segregation is everywhere, if you go into a restaurant, even McDonalds, you will see one entrance for men (Bachelors) and another section for Families (Women and couples with children). Even banks you will see separate entrances!

Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

Women cannot drive, it is against the law! Therefore it is very difficult for a woman here to be able to get herself to work unless she has a driver. However unless the driver is a member of her direct family she still runs the risk of being accused of being alone with a man!

Expat Women Working in Saudi Arabia

You will see many expatriate women working here in Saudi Arabia, most coming from countries like the Philippines and Indonesia who work here as domestic staff and nurses. But you will not see them working in the stores where they can mix or in factories and the like. The domestic staff working for companies and hospitals are often bussed direct from accommodation to work and then back at the end of the shift and locked into the accommodation to protect their morals!

Saudi Women Working

I have had the privilege of working in a company that employs Saudi women, I have found them to be well educated and well motivated towards doing their jobs, much more so than the men! However the number of working women I have met outside of hospitals I can count on my fingers and still have some left, and I have worked here as a consultant visiting many companies.

Where men and women do work in the same company there are very strict rules to keep them separated, the women have a section of their own and they should not be alone in a closed office with a college.

The government claim a high percentage of women working here however I just don't see it, other than in the hospitals and in the women's sections of the banks where I cannot go.