To Expand Job Opportunities, Saudi Arabia Plans a Women-Only Work Zone

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A woman using an iPhone visits the 27th Janadriya festival on the outskirts of Riyadh February 13, 2012. The two-week-long festival showcases Saudi Arabian culture and traditions. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: SOCIETY)


Getting a job in Saudi Arabia is challenging for women. Many want to work, but there are strict limits on what they can do and where they can work. But the kingdom now has a plan to expand job opportunities for women. It is proposing a women-only zone in one of its new industrial cities near Hofuf. Anchor Marco Werman talks to Eman Fahad Al Nafjan, a Saudi women's rights activist and blogger in Riyadh. Nafjan says the plan may offer women more jobs, but only of certain kinds.