Waleed Bin Mohammad Al Samaan Image Credit: Okaz

Manama: In another first for Saudi Arabia, women will be able to work for the Ministry of Justice.

Saudi women who hold postgraduate degrees in Sharia, law, sociology and administration specialisations will be hired as social researchers, religious researchers, legal researcher and administrative assistants, Waleed Bin Mohammad Al Samaan, the justice minister, said.

Responsibilities to be undertaken by the new employees will be within the women’s sections in courts and notary public offices.

The ministry said applications for the positions will be posted on its website, and announced that successful applicants would be hired to work in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and Dammam.

“The Ministry of Justice is keen to open the door to employment for Saudi women because they have an important role in facilitating the provision of services in the judicial and documentation fields,” Al Samaan said.

“Saudi women have achieved numerous successes in various fields.”

Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan to modernise the kingdom includes the empowerment of women and the materialisation of their potential.

A primary objective is to increase their participation in the workforce from 22 to 30 per cent.

The more active participation of women in economic activities has been generally hailed by the population as a positive step despite challenges posed by conservatives who have wielded enormous influence on the Saudi society for decades.