IN THE NEWS: An All Women’s City in Saudi Arabia – Liberating or Continuing the Cycle?
It was recently reported that Saudi Arabia will develop a women’s only city in order to allow career oriented women to pursue work while abiding by the countries Islamic laws. While work for women is not outlawed by Sharia Law, currently only 15% of the workforce is made up of women in Saudi Arabia. This new municipality will produce women run firms and production lines and will create a total of 5000 new jobs.
According to Samar Fatany, the plan for the new all women’s city is one that offers empowerment and liberation for women. She states that the opportunity to work will also offer economic independence. However, others have claimed that this plan will lead to Jim Crow like segregation rather than liberation.
Although reports on the all women’s city was reported in mid-August, it seems a necessary topic for discussion for FAR. Please weigh in and share your thoughts. Does the city offer opportunities for women to achieve career goals and financial independence or does it reinforce the patriarchal system by separating women from men and refusing the possibility of success in non-segregated areas?
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