Saudi Law Implements Women-Only Staff in Lingerie Shops
Saudi women can now shop for underwear without embarrassment and fear after the implementation of a new law that bans men from working in lingerie stores across the kingdom! The rise of this law started after King Abdullah issued a royal decree last June that all lingerie shops must only be staffed with women.
As can be expected in a conservative country, lots of people protested against it but there’s nothing they can do now because the king himself has ordered it. Saudi’s Labour Minister Adel Fakieh told AFP that all preparations are in progress to fully implement the king’s order. About 400 inspectors have now been employed to ensure the new law is followed in stores all over Saudi Arabia.
Clerics and retailers can complain all they want but the wind of change has commenced for women in Saudi Arabia. Some might not think of this as a big deal but for the women of Saudi it is! They can shop freely for undergarments now that don’t need to ask for assistance from male staff.
It’s a great victory for women who’ve fought so hard for this right like Fatima Garoub and Reem Asaad. Garoub is the founder of the Facebook campaign “Enough Embarrassment” while Asaad’s campaign was to boycott lingerie shops that employ male staff.
And by July, there won’t be men in cosmetic shops as well when the ban gets implemented.
Banning men from lingerie has a deeper implication for women of Saudi Arabia who’ve been discriminated from getting employment for fear of committing wrongdoings when they come face to face with a man. Getting rid of men from lingerie shops opens job opportunities for about 40,000 Saudi women. This is the start of equal rights for men and women in Saudi Arabia.