Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Health ministry mulls law to allow female pharmacists, opticians to work in public

From the Los Angeles Times:
Saudi Arabia has been inching forward in its efforts to bring a measure of gender equality to the kingdom, starting by removing some professional barriers to women.

Last month the justice minister announced his intention to back a law that would allow female lawyers to argue in court, and now the Saudi newspaper Al Riyadh is reporting that the Ministry of Health is considering a similar law for women in certain fields of healthcare.

The proposed law would lift a ban on female pharmacists and opticians working in pharmacies, community clinics and optical shops. Currently women in these fields are not allowed to work outside hospitals. ...more

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