Saudi gold traders reject idea of 'employing women' in jewellery stores
Gold merchants in Saudi Arabia have dismissed the idea of employing women in jewellery stores, saying 'women cannot handle such responsibilities.'
Male retailers argued that if men face difficulty in handling jewellery worth up to a million Saudi Riyals and in protecting the stores from thieves, it would be significantly more difficult for women to do the job.
The retailers said that crowding in the kingdom's jewellery stores may also have the effect of scaring female shopkeepers which thieves could take advantage of, according to the Saudi newspaper Al Riyadh.
According to Gulf News, the shopkeepers also warned of the negative effects of such a move on the Saudi economy since jewellery stores employ a number of male youths who have learned the skill of the trade.
Such a move, they said, would create unemployment among men.
According to the report, the Saudi Ministry of Labour is currently studying the possibility of requiring staff at jewellery stores to be entirely female following the implementation of such a rule on stores selling women's products.