56 Saudi women belonging to varying academic levels, ranging from high school to university graduates, have excelled in making perfumes and have proven their competence at a perfume factory in Jeddah’s industrial area.
In light of these women’s successful initiative, Ulfat Qabbani, Deputy Chairwoman of the Industrial Committee at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, called on businesses to upscale their inclusion of women in various industries. She revealed that only 2 percent of the present industrial jobs are held by women, and she hopes to see an increase in this number in the near future.
In the past, industrial area was monopolized predominantly by men. Saudi women have now shown the society that they are capable of performing industrial jobs; and performing them well, said Fatima Al-Malki, President of the women’s department at a perfume and soaps factory in Jeddah.
When Fatima Al-Malki first entered the industry three years ago, she worked at the manufacturing lines with 30 other women. She was gradually promoted until she was appointed as a supervisor of the production lines. She then specialized in training newcomers until she was given the position of President of the women’s department at the factory and today there are 56 Saudi women working in the perfume industry.
Ulfat Qabbani emphasized the importance of training more women in the manufacturing field to acquire the skills necessary to land jobs and maintain them. She aims to instill in women good communication skills, work ethics, Islamic business principles, and loyalty to the workplace.