By Shane McGinley
Officials cite 'social and cultural concerns' as reason for ban on female domestic helpers.
Egypt said it will not send any housemaids to work in Saudi Arabia due to “social and cultural concerns”, officials reportedly said during Egyptian-Saudi labour talks in Riyadh on Saturday.
“We will not send our women as housemaids due to social and cultural concerns,” Aisha Abdel Hadi, the Egyptian labour minister, is quoted as saying in the Saudi-based Arab News.
Abdel Hadi was having talks in the Saudi capital with Abdul Wahid Al Humaid, the Kingdom’s deputy minister of labour, when she made her comments.
There are reportedly one million Egyptian workers in Saudi Arabia and they make up the Kingdom’s fourth largest expatriate community, according to the paper.
â€œWhen Egypt says they will not send their women as housemaids due to social and cultural concerns,â€ why should other sub-continent countries even consider subjecting their nationals to this type of ordeal.