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Saudi Arabia orders shops to erect sex separation barriers
Jan '13
To re-enforce the already stringent gender segregation laws in Saudi Arabia, the ruling authorities of the country have gone a step further by ordering shops operating with both male and female employees to build separation walls of minimum 1.6 metres height.
The new legislation, which contains the approval of the head of Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Mr. Abdul Latif Al Shaikh, was issued by the country’s Labour Minister Adel Faqih and will be implemented within a month’s time.
More than a year ago, Saudi authorities had asked lingerie shops to replace their salesmen, mostly from other Asian countries, with local saleswoman.
The law was passed as a result of the constant complaints of Saudi women who felt uncomfortable procuring products from salesmen working in lingerie and cosmetic shops. 
The new legislation has been framed in view of complains from many female employees about poor working environment and frequent cases of harassment at their workplaces.
With the enforcement of the new legislation, the authorities are expecting to create 44,000 jobs for Saudi women, whose current unemployment rate stands at 30 percent.

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