When we are talking about the labor market and the employment of the woman we must mention countries where discrimination is much more radical as in our countries. I chose Saudi Arabia and a radical new step about the employment of woman.
In 2010 so only 2 years ago the huge supermarket chain employed 16 women as a cashier in Saudi Arabia where the segregation of woman and man are really strict. Panda supermarket chain employed 16 woman as a cashier in the town called Jeddah which is next to the Red Sea. Tariq Ismail, the chain’s spokesman said the women are much more diligent than men. If they receive the license of Ministry of Labor, the kingdom of Vahhábita as well they will employ more women as cashiers.
Rosa is an upscale part of the town and in the shopping center where the cash desks operated by women are located there is a sign with: “for women and families”. The supermarket chain tactfully introduced the measure, given the sensitivity of the question. The person who analyses the role of men and women stay together, called Juszef Ahmed al-Sheikh, who is also a teacher at a university in Riyadh in a talk shows said that there must be a boycott against the Panda supermarket chain because of the female cashiers. By the way the supermarket chain operates about fifty stores in the kingdom.
The ladies in the cashier can not wear the chain’s uniform, they must wear the general clothes in the country must which is long and black called Aba (traditional Islamic women’s clothing) and they also need to wear a veil that covers their hair.
In the Saudi restaurants there are special section on women and children and on the other part only men may dine. In Saudi Arabia women can not travel, can not go get married also they mustn’t receive medical care without the permission of the men family members and they can’t drive a car. Arim Assad who is studying the university in Jeddah since 2008 started her campaign to ensure that women can work in lingerie shops. The measure would alleviate much of the consumer confusion, but so far it is without success.