Saudi Arabia hires, trains hundreds of women for jobs at 2 grand mosques

In a significant stride towards women empowerment, around 600 Saudi Arabian women have undergone training and are now employed in various roles at the two grand mosques.

According to the report, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said it has so far trained around 600 women employees of its agencies or assisting agencies.

The Women’s Development Affairs Agency, led by Al-Anoud Al-Aboud, deputy president for women’s development affairs, employs 310 of those women.

Around 200 women work for the Agency for Women’s Scientific, Intellectual and Guidance Affairs, while the rest work at the Agency for Women’s Administrative and Service Affairs, under the leadership of Kamelia Al-Daadi, stated the report.

Earlier this year, Saudi women soldiers were appointed to stand guard in Mecca and Medina, the holiest site of Islam. As women dressed in military khaki uniforms monitored the security situation in the Grand Mosque in Mecca for the very first time, the move was hailed the world over.

Hundreds of women were also employed to serve female pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque -- Khana-e-Kaaba -- in Mecca.

As part of the Vision 2030 plans being implemented in the country under the leadership of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, many new areas have been opened up for women.

Earlier, the Saudi Ministry of Defence had announced that both men and women could apply for various military positions. In December last year alone, the Iruharam office recruited about 1,500 women to various sections of the Masjid-ul-Haram.