Saudi author thinks housewives ought to receives a commission for his or her work


It is not that always we see Arab males siding with ladies; when it occurs, we rub our eyes and test our ears, as a result of it will get fascinating.

Saudi author Dr. Ahmed Al Arfaj excitedly, and what appeared wholehearted as nicely, mentioned he believes housewives within the kingdom must be paid a wage. 

His statements got here throughout a televised look he made on Rotana Khalijiya’s Ya Hala program. In a single section, the present’s presenter handed Al Arfaj a bouquet of flowers and requested him to dedicate it to somebody.

That is when the author mentioned: “I would current this to the unknown troopers, housewives. Each occupation has a union, whether or not it is for journalists, docs, public service workers, engineers, all however housewives who’re true troopers.” 

“Nobody acknowledges them but when they’re absent from the home everybody notices they don’t seem to be there. In some nations, like Kuwait, housewives are paid a wage and I want that it will change into the case right here. Academics are paid a wage and honored, housewives deserve the identical as a result of they do work that actually is not appreciated sufficient,” he added. 

At one level throughout the interview, Al Arfaj took off his watch in a bid to pay it forth to a housewife. He then went on so as to add that if all the ladies who work from home within the kingdom are paid simply 2,000 riyals ($533) monthly, it’s going to solely value the dominion 12 billion riyals ($3.2 billion) per yr. 

“Even when they pay them 1,000 riyals, simply in appreciation of all that they do,” he burdened. 

The author’s assertion hit all the proper notes with individuals across the kingdom, each women and men, prompting 1000’s to reply to his request. 

Saudi housewives in particular agreed with Al Arfaj in that the work they do deserves each appreciation and pay.

“I’m a housewife and I would wish to thank myself for all I do as a result of nobody else does.” 

Many Saudi ladies agreed with Al Arfaj and hoped his request would flip into actuality quickly. One feminine tweep wrote: “I want such a choice could be introduced quickly.” One other hailed the author’s assertion, tweeting: “Thanks, hero.” 

For years, individuals within the kingdom have been calling on housewives or stay-at-home mothers to be paid a wage for the work they do, particularly because it typically is not appreciated and is seen as “their responsibility as ladies.”

In an announcement to StepFeed, Saudi social employee Lina defined why that’s, saying:

“In Saudi [the kingdom] and nations throughout the area, conventional gender roles nonetheless apply and ladies are seen as answerable for most family chores and are subsequently hardly ever appreciated for selecting to do issues for his or her households.” 

“Paying a wage to housewives and even ladies who work exterior of them [sic] dwelling however nonetheless do most the housekeeping will make everybody understand that the work they do is not their duty by default simply because they’re ladies. It is a job they’re taking up as a result of males of their households have been raised not to participate in caring for a house and they also need to be paid for it,” she added. 

Lina thinks paying salaries to Saudi housewives ought to solely be the beginning. 

“Within the coming months, the main focus have to be on altering these deep seated gender roles as a result of our societies are altering and males have to be keen to just accept the identical duty as a girl with regards to housekeeping, elevating kids and every little thing else,” she defined. 


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