2007 News Story

Women appointed to top jobs at Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has appointed more than 27 women in top positions, the Arab News reported today. The appointments are part of a wider plan to reserve top jobs for women, particularly in the ministries of Education and Higher Education.

Last year, the Ministry of Education announced that it had reserved five deanships for women in order to give them more autonomy over girls’ education.

The Ministry of Labor is currently working to create more job opportunities for women in various sectors of the Saudi economy. It estimates unemployment among women at 28 percent, the Arab News reported.

The Ministry of Labor has already begun a campaign to provide jobs for 200,000 women and appointed 30 women officials at its offices in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Ministry offices are currently accepting job applications from women.

Women are also benefiting from training programs organized by the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training (GOTEVOT). Women are currently being trained as cashiers and receptionists as well as other areas, with a focus on retail sales and reception. These programs are being offered in Jeddah, Dammam, Ras, Madinah, Ahsa, Buraydah, Onaiza and Bekaryia.

These women’s training programs were organized after the Ministry of Labor’s decision to employ women in a wide variety of jobs. The programs have attracted thousands of women job seekers, with more than 10,000 trainees. Several companies and businesses have also announced plans to employ women.