Saudi Ministry of Labor to provide legal aid to women in care centers

Updated 30 June 2018
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Saudi Ministry of Labor to provide legal aid to women in care centers

  • The Waeya initiative was launched with the aim of empowering Saudi women and young people, and educating them about their legal rights

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has announced that it will provide legal aid and other assistance to women living in care centers across the Kingdom under the “Waeya” initiative, the aim of which is to educate women and young people about their legal rights.
The ministry announced that it had signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Faisal AlHajjlah Talaat Law Office to offer legal consultations to women in care centers, shelters and “hospitality houses,” and to provide legal education to the ministry’s staff.
The Waeya initiative was launched with the aim of empowering Saudi women and young people, and educating them about their legal rights to enable effective assistance from within the community.


Saudi aviation academy to train first women pilots

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Saudi aviation academy to train first women pilots

DAMMAM: A flight school in Saudi Arabia is opening its doors for women, following the end of a decades-long driving ban in the deeply conservative Muslim country where many social restrictions are easing.
Oxford Aviation Academy, a leading trainer and crew recruiter, has already received applications from hundreds of women hoping to start lessons in September at a new branch in the eastern city of Dammam.
“People used to travel abroad (to study aviation), which was difficult for women more than men,” said applicant Dalal Yashar, who aspires to work as a civil pilot.
“We are no longer living in the era were women were allowed (to work) in limited arenas. All avenues are now opened for women. If you have the appetite, you have the ability,” she said.
The academy is part of a $300 million project that includes a school for aircraft maintenance and an international center for flight simulators at the airport.
Students receive three years of academic and practical training, said executive director Othman Al-Moutairy.
A decades-long ban on women driving was lifted last month, as part of sweeping reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aimed at transforming the economy and opening up its cloistered society.
The lifting of the prohibition was welcomed by Western allies as proof of a new progressive trend in Saudi Arabia, but it has been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent, including against some of the very activists who previously campaigned against the ban.