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Saudi Arabia set to hire female shop inspectors

New plan is part of kingdom's feminisation drive to make sure certain stores only staffed by women

Saudi Arabia set to hire female shop inspectors
A Saudi saleswoman waits for customers at a lingerie shop for women and families only in the Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah on January 2, 2012. From this week, only female staff will be able to sell womens lingerie in Saudi Arabia, ending decades of awkwardness in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom where women are expected to don black cloaks at all times out of the home. (AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour is planning to hire female inspectors to ensure shops selling female accessories comply with Saudisation regulations, Arab News reported.

The government’s feminisation drive is set to target stores in three phases: the first phase will target stores selling lingerie and cosmetics, the second gowns and bridal dresses and the third fragrances, maternity wear, shoes, bags, ready-made clothing, fabrics and other accessories.

The introduction of female inspectors is part of this initiative and will make sure only female staff are employed in the outlets.

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