Licensing sought for women working from home

Updated 13 May 2014
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Licensing sought for women working from home

Many unemployed Saudi female graduates have demanded that the work of Saudi women operating businesses from their homes be more organized and in accordance with international standards.
The Deputy Secretary General of Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Fund for the Development of Women and a member of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Eastern Province, Dr. Hana Al-Zuhair, said there is a confusion between women working from home and those working outside the home. She indicated that the phenomenon of women working from home is universal and takes place in most developed countries of the world according to a specific licensed system.
She confirmed that working from home is one of the best businesses that can be carried out by women and suited to their nature.
Al-Zuhair stressed that the existence of a license protects women and the community, noting that a lot of women are unaware of the dangers of working from home. She called upon the Labor Ministry to coordinate with the relevant ministries to organize the work of the women from their homes.
She noted that women can make and sell food, clothing, and accessories at home. This can spare women from having to pay rent and allows them to save at least 200 thousand riyals per year, as well as increased profits. But in order for this to happen, their work needs to be carefully structured. Control teams should access the project site for evaluation, monitoring and follow-up of the safety requirements, she added.
Nora Mehdi Al-Rafii, a businesswoman, said that the World Organization for Science and Technology confirmed that a large proportion of women in Arab societies are employed in the informal and non-formal sector, which includes mostly domestic production, such as sewing, clothing, food products, and marketing studies. Studies confirm that 80 percent of these women belong to the middle-income class and have a high rate of illiteracy, she said.
She added that the concept of women working from their homes in a structured manner emerged in the west. She said the work of the women from their homes needs guidance, training and awareness courses, in order to provide female students with information on how to protect their businesses and rights.
Badria Al-Sheheri, a researcher, said that the concept of working from home in the field of marketing studies is one of the best fields for Saudi women.
Market researchers can earn between SR1,500 to SR3,000 every two months, thus helping to support their families with very little effort.
The director of the Office of the Middle East Marketing Studies in Asir, Baha Abdul Majeed Kamel, said that working in marketing studies fits the nature of the Saudi society, as women can work from home over the phone or by visiting places for women to conduct this research.
With proper support, Saudi women can break the cycle of unemployment, he said, indicating that girls are trained in the art of dialogue and methods of extracting information, as well as understanding how to deal with others, listening to the customer, and delivering the information correctly.
The Secretary General of the Women’s South Charity, Mona Al-Break, said that women could carry out any business from their homes and earn a living. She said that there are many productive family programs that are supported by the Abdul Latif Jameel initiatives, adding that many Saudi women are already working from their homes in a variety of areas and selling their products in the local markets.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.