Khaleej Times from the UAE runs this German Press Agency story on how Saudi women are pushing their own agendas. First, there’s this group who are working in a laundry. It’s important because doing laundry is the kind of job that many Saudis feel is ‘beneath their dignity’. Not for these women, who see an honest job as an opportunity to help with their families’ finances.

The piece also notes that for the first time a girls’ school has introduced physical education classes. Many Saudis, for unfathomable reasons, seem to feel that phys ed causes raging hormones or something. And dressing in skimpy gym clothes?! Simply scandalous, darling!

Saudi women are bucking the system in areas where they think it important. That’s just the way to effect reforms.

Fifty Saudi girls work in first women’s laundry

RIYADH (DPA)- In a first for Saudi Arabia, 50 women began working for a shop offering laundry for pilgrims in Mecca, media reports said on Thursday.

About 90 per cent of the workers in the first-of-its-kind shop are Saudis, local Okaz newspaper said.

Shop manager Mona Ba’arm told Okaz that the idea of the shop was inspired by a family business working in the hotel industry after they had sensed a pressing need for a women’s laundry.

No “masculine elements” are ever allowed to step in the store, Ba’arm said.

About 35 women supervise the washing process, 15 others work on administrative jobs and the rest deliver the service.

The female workers received intensive training for 90 days to operate advanced machines, Okaz reported.

In another first, a girls’ college pioneered the introduction of physical education classes for some of its female students for the first time in the history of the kingdom, al-Watan newspaper reported Wednesday, citing the college dean.


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