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.


The rights Saudi women did not know of

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The rights Saudi women did not know of

  • Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the Saudi Justice ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles
  • No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father

JEDDAH: Despite the great steps taken by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to give women a freer and more secure life, many Saudi women still do not have enough knowledge of their rights. 

Therefore, the ministry has started a campaign in cities all over the Kingdom to spread awareness among women of their legal rights. A female-only staff runs public exhibitions to enlighten them about how they are protected in different areas so they can lead their lives in a better way.

“We are using every possible channel to communicate with women to enlighten them about their rights, support them in all aspects to assure their ability to enjoy a secure rightful life,” said Majed Alkhamis, head of media and communication at the Ministry of Justice.

Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles. Despite all the obstacles, the ministry has succeeded in several areas.

A wife’s rights

The system not only grants the woman the right to sue her husband or ex-husband for alimony or acknowledgment of paternity, but it also allows any women legally living on Saudi soil, regardless of her citizenship or religion, to prosecute her current or former husband even if he is outside Saudi Arabia at the time of the lawsuit. Moreover, the new systems now support divorced women to a whole new level. For example, the system gives priority to a woman’s alimony over her husband’s personal debts.

Marriage agreements

No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father. This arrangement grants a woman the freedom to accept a marriage proposal without any influence or coercion. In addition, if a woman is not happy with her marriage, she is free to leave the house of marriage and walk out of the agreement with no law to force her to come back. If she chooses to abandon the marriage her right to alimony will be dropped, but she is still entitled to custody of the children.

No delays

The Ministry of Justice has designed a full female service within its courthouses. 

These services include advisory people who provide free consultations on everything. In addition, these departments support women at all stages up until the execution of any court order to avoid delays and procrastination.

Speedy justice

The law emphasizes the speedy execution of justice in women-related cases.