Saudi Arabia has promoted ten women to senior positions in two of Islam’s holiest sites.
The appointment of girls to spiritual positions is a crucial step within the country’s ongoing reforms under the supervision of Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
According to Saudi officials, the ladies are promoted to administrative and technical positions in key departments at mosques in Mecca and Medina.
According to a press release issued by the office overseeing the affairs of both mosques, the appointment was aimed toward “empowering highly trained and qualified women”.
Earlier in 2018, 41 women held key positions at the 2 holy sites, consistent with Saudi media.
Prince Salman’s future plan ‘Vision 2030’ also includes a rise in women’s employment. The plan aims to shift Saudi Arabia’s economy from oil to other sectors.
According to official statistics, by the last decade of 2019, the amount of working women within the country had exceeded a million , which is 35% of the country’s labour force. In 2015, the amount was 816,000.
Among other things, women are now allowed to drive, visit cinemas and men and ladies are now allowed to hold call at public places and events.