Hourly wage scheme for housemaids readied

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Updated 16 August 2013
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Hourly wage scheme for housemaids readied

A new housemaid service called “Raha” will be launched that allows families to hire house-help on an hourly wage, according to Saad Baddah, chairman of the National Commission for Recruitment.
The service, which will be supervised by the Committee, is expected to alleviate problems faced by families hiring maids.
The new service will eliminate disorganized recruitment of housemaids, he said.
There would not a long waiting period to hire domestic workers, and it would also help minimize the role of foreign markets imposing unfair conditions to recruit domestic workers.
The service will also eliminate the practice of domestic workers’ running away. It also eliminates middlemen who hire maids.
Baddah declined to disclose the nationalities of maids who are expected to be hired under the scheme or their wages.
He said details will be announced when the service becomes operational.
He said the National Commission for Recruitment does not negotiate with other countries when it comes to recruitment of domestic workers, and that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Labor to do so as was decided two years ago.
Many Saudi families hire maids to work for limited hours since they do not have enough space or room to allow maids to live.
The Labor Ministry has announced plans to target new destinations in search of Arab housekeepers in order to reduce the demand for Indonesian and Ethiopian domestic help.
The Labor Ministry took the initiative of contacting officials in 15 Arab countries despite the fact that most Arab countries have not officially agreed to send housemaids to work in the Kingdom.
Deputy Minister for International Affairs Ahmed F. Alfehaid confirmed that the Ministry had already prepared a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed once any of these countries agree to send housekeepers to work in the counter.


US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

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US victory in Women’s World Cup inspires female Arab footballers

  • Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish

JEDDAH: Football fans around the world celebrated the recognition of women in sports after the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup (WWC) final match in Lyon, France, in which the US beat the Netherlands 2-0. One country where the US victory struck a powerful chord among female sports enthusiasts is Saudi Arabia.

Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in the Kingdom as the reforms being introduced under the Vision 2030 plan enable women to take on different career paths.

Members of Jeddah Eagles, a women’s football squad with 39 players, watched the July 7 WWC final in anticipation of an exciting finish. In the end, they celebrated not only the US team’s victory but the recognition of women in sports as a whole. Members of the team talked to Arab News about how they have been inspired by the WWC.

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Women are participating in sports in increasing numbers in Saudi Arabia as Vision 2030 reforms enable them to take on different career paths.

Johara Al-Sudairi, who has been playing for Jeddah Eagles as a winger since August 2017, said she is thrilled that football is gaining popularity among women in the Kingdom.

Fatimah Gari, who joined the team as a striker in 2014, was happy for her fellow female football players in the US for their victory.

“It is a very good feeling,” the 28-year-old Saudi told Arab News. “I wish one day we will have a Saudi team and will be in their place.”

The 16-year-old central midfielder believes Arab women would perform better than their male counterparts given the right support.

“With the right amount of funding and support, Arab women for sure can be better at playing,” she told Arab News.