Friday, February 22nd, 2019
header

Saudi woman starts working at a gas station

Mervat Bukhari, a force of nature draped head-to-toe in niqab, braved insults and taunts to become the first Saudi woman to work at a gas station, something unimaginable not long ago.



Kickstarted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the reforms include the historic decision allowing women to drive from June, attend soccer games and take on jobs that once fell outside the narrow confines of traditional gender roles.

When Bukhari, 43 and a mother of four, was promoted as supervisor of a gas station in eastern Khobar city last October, insults began pouring in on social media with the hashtag “Saudi women don’t work at gas stations”.



Bukhari, previously employed in a junior role by the same parent company, was forced to go on the defencive, telling critics she was in a managerial position and not physically handling fuel nozzles.

“I am a supervisor. I don’t fill gas myself,” she reasoned, seeking to win a modicum of respectability for a job that class-conscious Saudi men disdain.

“Women today have the right to do any work.”



Prince Mohammed’s Vision 2030 reform plan for a post-oil era seeks to elevate women to nearly one-third of the workforce, up from about 22 per cent now.

Government statistics also put more than one million Saudi women as currently looking to enter the workforce.

The reforms have seen the Saudi labour market slowly open up to women, introducing them to jobs that were once firmly the preserve of men.



The social change, catalysed in large measure by what experts characterise as economic pain owing to a protracted oil slump, has introduced a series of firsts.

Saudi media has championed in recent months the first woman restaurant chef, first woman veterinarian and even the first woman tour guide.

Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Wararka xiga

Qalbi aniga waaye: Qiso naxdina oo walaalkeen qabsatey

February, 21, 2019
naxdinWarsame magaciisa saxda ah maaha waa shaqaale ka ...

Muuse Biixi oo loo sheegay inu la shaqeeyo dawlada dhexe

February, 21, 2019
Madaxa maamulka Somaliland oo looga yeetay Itoobiya,ayaa loo ...

Amisom oo laga saarayo xeradii tababarka ciidanka ee Jaalle Siyaad

February, 20, 2019
Ciidanka Afrikaanka ah ee guusha ka keenay la ...

Maxay ka wada hadleen madaxweyne Ismaaciil Cumar iyo Farmaajo

February, 20, 2019
 Madaxweyne Farmaajo ayaa ku sugan caasimada Jabuuti halkaas ...

Maxaa ka jira in Farmaajo Muuse Biixi kula kulmayo Itoobiya

February, 20, 2019
Waxa baryahan jirey warar sheegaya in raiisal wasaaraha ...

Dhacdooyinka

Ilhaan Cumar oo jawaab kulul siisay xagjir Trump

February, 14, 2019
Xildhibaanada laga soo doorto Minasoota ee dalkaasi Maraykanka ...

Muwaadin waxqabad dhaba lagu yaqaaney oo xil la wareegay gobolka Awdal

February, 13, 2019
Dr Maxamed Xaaji Cumar Yaabe oo dad badan ...

Puntland oo ogaatey halka argagixisada dilalka fulisaa isku qariso

February, 13, 2019
Masuuliyiinta Puntland ayaa sheegtay inay ogaadeen halka argagixisada ...

Siyaasi Cali Faarax oo si adag uga hadley dhalinta xustey xasuuqii SNM ee Awdal lagu xirey

February, 12, 2019
Siyaasi Cali Faarax Cabdullaahi ayaa si adag uga ...

Saldhiga Imaaraadka aan Berbera ka siinay kiro maaha: Somaliland

February, 9, 2019
Waxa ilaa in muddo ah soo socotey sheekada ...

Dawlada Somaliya oo dacwad la fuushey maraakiib shisheeye

February, 8, 2019
Dawlada Somaliya ayaa dacwad la fuushey maraaiib ajaaniba ...

Boorama oo laga xusey maalinta madow ee 4-ta Feeberweri ee xasuuqii SNM

February, 4, 2019
Maalintan madow ayaa SNM oo wadata askartii Mingeste ...