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Saudi labour ministry criticised for over female employment

The Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has criticised the labour ministry for not doing enough to help Saudi women gain employment in women's stores, Arab News has reported. "The ministry claims to partner with business people and investors to encourage employment. This is not true," said member of the chamber, Ihab Mashshat. "It is only concerned with uncovering shops that are in violation by continuing to employ men," he said, adding that 30% of the lingerie shops in Makkah went out of business as they were unable to implement the ministry's decision to hire women. "The drop-out ratio will continue to increase if the ministry of labour fails to support the hiring initiative," he said.