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Saudi Arabian prosecutor to hire women investigators for first time

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian public prosecutor´s office said Monday it will recruit women as investigators for the first time, as the kingdom seeks to boost female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era.

“Vacancies are available in women´s positions on the staff of the public prosecution for the rank of lieutenant investigator,” the office announced in a statement relayed by the information ministry.

The announcement is in line with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman´s “Vision 2030” reform programme that seeks to elevate women to nearly one-third of the workforce, up from about 22 percent now.

Saudi Arabia´s passport department recently said it received 107,000 applications for 140 vacant positions for women at airports and border crossings.

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King Salman last year decreed that women would be allowed driving permits from June, a historic reform that could put not just millions of women behind the wheel but potentially many more into the workforce.


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