Women of Makkah have demanded that they have permanent jobs at the Ministry of Haj to serve pilgrims.
They lauded the ministry’s initiative to appoint a number of women from Madinah, but they want women from Makkah to be given permanent jobs as an opportunity to serve Haj and Umrah pilgrims.
Wafa Bana, a female volunteer for Haj pilgrims of Arab countries, said that in the volunteers with university degrees and not having jobs should be given priority as they have not been able to find jobs in the public or private sectors.
Thurayya Bella, an administrative officer at the Makkah municipality, said that women can play an important role. “The time has come to let Saudi women directly assist women who come for Haj or Umrah.
In almost all Haj activities, women employees are required so that they can help women pilgrims wherever they are,” she said.
Dr. Wafa Mahdhar, another volunteer, said that the recruitment of women at the Ministry of Haj is very important. It has been recently noticed that the ministry was using women and their experience in supporting work everywhere. It is important that their contributions and roles are recognized and that they get permanent jobs in the ministry in its various areas of services.
Najat Baqasi, head of a volunteers’ committee, said that women should have an active role in life. They understand women’s issues better and can help on the ground and guide them according to their needs.