Saudi female employees in the private sector are getting paid up to SR800 monthly; in order to help cover the travel expenses from and to work.
The Saudi Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF) explained that their financial assistance is covering about 80% of transport fees, and that it is part of their program ‘Wusul’; that aims at supporting women through transferring working women.
Under the assistance of the program, Saudi women who work in the private sector will be provided with premium and safe transportation services, and these services will be done in cooperation with private taxi companies that are licensed smart apps.
Working women must be registered with the social welfare system for at least 36 months and for their monthly income to be of a maximum SR8,000, in order for them to benefit from the program.
Moreover, HADAF has updated the transfer program, as an attempt to benefit more workers and encourage them into taking jobs in the private sector.
Saudi Arabia Ends Gender Segregation in Restaurants
Restaurants in Saudi Arabia no longer requires one entrance for single men and another for women and families, as the Kingdom scraps its rules on separating between men and women at restaurants.
It is yet another attempt at easing the social restrictions and it’s a huge step indeed, seeing how sex segregation had been enforced for decades in public spaces.
In a tweet announcing the news on Sunday, the ministry of municipalities and rural affairs stated that it was eliminating several requirements for restaurants, including the need for ‘an entrance for bachelors and a separate entrance for families’.
However, It remains unclear whether a restriction on seating inside the restaurants will also be removed.
Women of Saudi Arabia Can Now Join the Military
The foreign ministry has announced that Saudi women can now join the military and serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant. I mean talk about gender equality!
Just when we though easing regulations on Saudi women can’t get any better, the ministry surprises us all with such shocking yet incredible news.
— Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦 (@KSAmofaEN) October 9, 2019
According to Sky News, roles have been opened in Saudi’s land forces, royal navy, royal air forces, royal Saudi air defense forces and medical services for armed forces.
The ministry stated a number of conditions for applicants who are willing to join the army, these conditions are in regard to age, nationality, in addition to the physical and professional competence.
Heba Al Otaiba, director of strategic communications at the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took it to Twitter to congratulate the Kingdom on such a brave decision.
“Great news. I look forward to watching Saudi Arabia’s women, lead across many industries, including serving in the country’s military.” The tweet read.
Saudi Arabia Launches A Contest For Aspiring Filmmakers With Prizes Up to SR40 million
The Ministry of Culture just announced the launch of a new competition on Sunday entitled ‘Daw‘ which aims to support Saudi films, and also empower aspiring and rising filmmakers.
The competition will be divided into four tracks that include supporting and developing screenwriting and supporting film production and films of Saudi students majoring in film-making at international institutes and universities.
Entries will be evaluated by specialized juries who have experience in choosing winning films projects, and winners will be announced next year in February.
Prizes are up to SR40 million as it is all part of the ministry’s plan of showing tremendous support to Saudi talents majoring in filmmaking by providing such a huge funding platform.
The competition will support young filmmakers in every possible way by providing the needed assistance in producing the films and also creating a production infrastructure and making their career path clear for those interested in different fields of cinema.
Whether you are a filmmaker or a producer, you can participate in the competition online through this link. It just opened yesterday and will remain open till December 29th to give the chance to more people to apply.