Abha: Nadia Al-Fawaz
Published — Tuesday 13 May 2014
Last update 13 May 2014 3:57 am
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.