Coronavirus frustrates Saudi women's push for financial independence

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Abeer al-Howayan despaired of ever working after spending eight years trying to find a job that would put her chemistry degree to use in the Saudi Arabian town of Al Ula.

Visitors tour near Rock formations that resemble human face at the Madain Saleh antiquities site in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, January 31, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

“It is very tough, but I keep telling myself things will get better after corona. One has to remain optimistic,” Howayan, whose online business has also slowed, told Reuters. Tackling unemployment is a main pillar of Prince Mohammed’s plan. He promised in 2017 “better unemployment numbers by 2020” and to cut the jobless rate to 7% over the next decade.A tough task has become even tougher as coronavirus disruptions and austerity measures have squeezed the finances of the private sector.

According to regional experts, a faltering of the reform drive could lead to the public questioning the social contract between the ruling Al Saud family and the people in a country where 80% of the population is under 30. Last year, the kingdom attracted international acts from Cirque du Soleil to Mariah Carey, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Greek musician Yanni. Saudis also cheered female WWE wrestlers in Riyadh, and heavyweight boxers Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr in a custom-built 15,000 person stadium.

 

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Very bold and progressive decision by the crowned princes Prince___Salman breaking away from stereotype traditional system. Hope world recovers soon enough from this pandemic. And Saudi Arabia is back on feet, kicking and going again. Full steam. LoveFromIndia.

Poor lady can’t sell soaps on the side of the road anymore? 🤨

What economic crisis in Saudi Arabia 🤷‍♂️ nothing happened. 🤔

Fake news we strong 💪

How can Saudi Arabia have an economic crisis? They own the majority of oil. Ohhh narcissism! Gotcha.

They could be starting better businesses if their crown prince MBS didn't spent billions in Yemen war and in the coups in Libya and Egypt Also his involvement in Oil conflict with Russia jamalkhashoggi FreePoliticalPrisoners FreePress

Poor women. Let's punish the opposite sex for that

This virus 'magically' destroyed small business, will further reduce wages, has undermined human rights efforts, and has been exploited by governments all over the world, for the benefit of their corporate masters.

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reuters Nearly one million Saudis - 12% of the working-age population - are unemployed. The downturn is particularly damaging because it struck just as their efforts to enter the workforce and gain greater financial independence were gaining traction. (1/2)

They have a gerenous king so no worries

Didn’t understand a word from this unneeded report !! Men and women every body is harmed in this !!!

marwastweets unfortunately, a lo of women across the globe are struggling for financial independence during lockdowns. Time for a new campaign.

Actually, the establishment, largely a male preserve, is what frustrates women’s push for financial independence. COVID19 simply entrenched the existing situation.

That and she’s down to her last Ferrari 🙄👎🏼

Does anyone else see two profile faces in those rocks? The little rock looks like she was just minding her business looking for financial independence pareidolia

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