Ministry appoints 191 women in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah
RIYADH, November 14, 2018 – Dozens of Saudi women started their new jobs earlier this month at the Ministry of Justice, marking the latest step in the empowerment of women inside the Kingdom’s public sector.
The Ministry of Justice has hired 191 women as social researchers, Islamic jurisprudence researchers, legal researchers, administrative assistants and software programmers for positions in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah.
A series of reforms in the Kingdom over the past year has focused largely on empowering women. Notable among these reforms was a Royal Decree issued in September 2017 by King Salman lifting the ban on women driving as of last June 24, 2018. The Saudi Vision 2030 roadmap for the future also mandates an increase in the percentage of women in the workforce.
“These appointments are in support of the Kingdom’s legal structure and in accordance with the directives of His Excellency the Minister of Justice and the President of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, Sheikh Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Sama’ani,” the Ministry of Justice said in a statement.
In January, the Ministry of Justice announced plans to recruit as many as 300 women as researchers, administrative assistants and software developers for positions in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. The announcement of 191 new female hires represents a significant step in carrying out that plan.
Last month, the Council of Ministers approved a new organisational structure at the Ministry of Justice, establishing a new hierarchy that conforms to international best practices and is designed to boost the ministry’s drive for digitisation and the empowerment of women. The new structure adds the positions of Deputy Minister and Assistant Minister for Planning, Development and Digitization, while an independent directorate for women and another for client services reporting directly to the minister have also been created. Last summer women joined as notaries in Saudi Arabia for the first time, with the Ministry of Justice granting 12 women notarisation licences.
In July, Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb said women would start working as investigators at the Public Prosecution Office “very soon”, adding that legal steps were being taken to ensure that the female members of the Public Prosecution Office can operate at the level that “we hope and aspire for, in the service of this institution.