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Saudi govt to ensure lingerie shops hire women
23
Jan '12
Saudi Arabia is taking steps to ensure that lingerie shops strictly implement the Ministry of Labour's January 4, 2012 directive to employ only women workers in their outlets.

The Ministry has stopped online services for those lingerie shops that have not yet hired women employees.

In addition, it issued written warnings to some of the shops, while some other shop owners were asked to give written pledges that they would be implementing the Ministry's directive.

The Ministry of Labour is acting in unison with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce and governorates to ensure implementation of the directive and take necessary action against violating shops, which would include withdrawing licenses and shutting down of shops.

The directive to employ women salespersons is currently limited to lingerie outlets, but it would also become applicable to shops selling womenswear and accessories from July 2012.

The Ministry's decision to employ women workers has the backing of 16 chambers of commerce and industry, the General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).

The lingerie shops that employ women as per the Ministry's directive would be required to tint their windows so that the saleswomen employed inside the shops are not visible to passersby.

Training and financial support to Saudi women, who wish to get employed in women's apparel shops, would be provided by HRDF for the next three years.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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