So, the Saudis wrap their women in swaths of black material so that they're totally indistinguishable from a walking bolt of fabric, unable to drive, segregated in all public places and YET they still feel the need to segregate them in the work place? How insane is that? Do Muslim/Arab men have so little self control that a pair of hands and 2 eyes are a temptation? Placing the burden for man's inability to control his sexual desires on a woman is reprehensible. And it certainly doesn't say much for their spiritual fortitude or their religion , for that matter.
"Female bank employees are being partitioned away from their male colleagues in their workplaces under new rules enforcing Saudi segregation of the sexes, a move women say is squeezing them out of the few business realms where they have been gaining more rights." "Saudi Arabia has long enforced a strict Islamic lifestyle in which men and women are segregated in public, including at schools, universities, restaurants,
lines outside international fast food outlets and bank branches catering to customers.
The measures are a major setback for women, who have long struggled to prove themselves in this male-dominated society. Saudi women are believed to make up less than 10 percent of the work force and have mostly worked in the education and health sectors. They insist they were not breaching Islamic principles by working with men. They said banks already had strict rules governing interactions between the sexes. For example, female staffers had to wear always the mandatory black abaya, or cloak, and veil. They could not wear makeup, hold closed-door meetings with the male staff or date them. Many also could not attend business lunches with male clients for fear the religious police would arrest them for illegally mixing with men."
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Saudi segregation of the sexes worsens
As if forcing women to cloak themselves in sacks of cloth (other than peepholes for their eyes) isn't wretched enough, the Saudi government continues to dehumanize women by segregating them from men in the work place.