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Saudi Arabia's passport authority is hiring women for the first time

Saudi Arabia's passport authority is hiring women for the first time

Another step in the right direction

Text: Maddison Glendinning


Image: Reuters

Following a series of groundbreaking reforms last year, the latest change for Saudi women has just been announced. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the details...

Last year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made history when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman allowed women to drive from 2018, lifted the ban on commercial cinemas and announced his 2030 vision for the country which included plans to increase the percentage of employed females from 22 per cent (the current rate) to 30 per cent. 

Additionally, earlier this year females in the Kingdom were given permission to attend sporting matches in previously male-only stadiums.

Now, the latest development has been announced with Saudi Arabia's General Directorate of Passports revealing it is recruiting women for the first time. 

The Directorate is looking for women between the ages of 25 and 35 that were born in Saudi Arabia and who hold a high school diploma or higher to work in the country's airports and at border points. Successful applicants will be given a military rank. 

This latest announcement has set the tone for what looks to be an historically progressive year for Saudi. 

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