Freedom: Saudi women get their own city away from men

by Isi Esene

Saudi women may soon get an exclusively female city with no form of male interference. This is the crux of a new initiative introduced by the government of Saudi Arabia which seeks to build a city where women will be able live and work in a segregated environment.

The industrial city, to be built in the Eastern Province city of Hofuf, is set to be the first of several planned for the Gulf kingdom. The aim is to allow more women to work and achieve greater financial independence

The construction of the proposed women industrial city will start next year. Currently, there are companies which are owned by women but this initiative is meant to encourage women, especially young women, to start and own their businesses and contribute to the economic development of the country without religious encumbrances.

Saleh Al-Rasheed, Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) deputy director-general, told a Saudi Newspaper al-Eqtisadiah that “I’m sure that women can demonstrate their efficiency in many aspects and clarify the industries that best suits their interests, their nature and their ability.”

“I’m sure that women can demonstrate their efficiency in many aspects and clarify the industries that best suit their interests, nature and ability.”

He explained that the existing industrial city only empowers a minute percentage of the Saudi kingdom’s women population saying that is why “we are now working on a second industrial city for women,” he added.

Saudi Arabia attracts constant criticism from human rights groups for its systemic discrimination against women.

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