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Gary R. Bunt

KSA Gender Agenda

Guardian, An 'oasis' for women? Inside Saudi Arabia’s vast new female-only workspaces useful read

"Not all offices or factories in Saudi Arabia are gender-segregated; it hasn’t been a legal requirement since 2005. But many employers continue to separate the sexes, to balance the conservative values of a majority-male workforce with the country’s apparent desire to get more women into work. As the physical barriers come down in other social settings, women-only workspaces are a symbol of both the future and the past; the question of whether they are a necessary step towards full female participation remains a murky one."

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