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Saudi Arabia has seen a 120 per cent increase in female employees in 2020

Saudi Arabia has seen a 120 per cent increase in female employees in 2020

In the last few years, there has been a major shift for women in Saudi Arabia, and 2020 has been no exception.

This year alone, it has been revealed that there has been a 120 per cent increase in female employees in the Kingdom.

Per the Saudi Press Agency, it was recorded by the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technical Zones (MODON) that 17,000 Saudi women were working in industries by March of this year, meaning that is a 120 per cent increase year on year.

Discussing the achievement, Khalid Al-Salem, director-general of MODON, highlighted that the empowerment of women was at the forefront of the authority’s vision.

“MODON continues to empower women both as an employee and as an investor by creating a model environment in partnership with the public and private sectors,” he said.

This development is in line with the Saudi 2030 Vision, which is being spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Since being launched in 2016, the 2030 Vision has kept women at the forefront and has now made it legal for females to obtain their own licenses, travel alone and attend public sporting events. MODON’s strategy is also a reflection of this.

“MODON succeeded in increasing the number of Saudi women in industrial cities, reaching 17,000 female employees by the end of the first quarter of 2020, compared to 7,860 by the end of 2018,” Al-Salem said of the initiative.

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