The delegates at the International Conference on Border Security, that was recently held in the Saudi capital Riyadh, unanimously agreed that there is an urgent need for the employment of women in the security services, in view of what they could achieve in dealing with issues relating to female defendants in prisons.
A field study prepared by Dr. Ghada al-Tarif, professor of criminal sociology at Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, reported that despite the need for Saudi women to work in the field of security, women are currently limited to a selection of security posts.
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UN human-rights chief Navi Pillay on Saturday criticized restrictions on women’s employment in some Gulf countries and called for those barriers to be lifted. “Women now have access to higher education in all six” Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Pillay said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.
“The next stage, which I hope will quickly gather momentum, is to ensure all these educated young women have access to meaningful careers.”