How can I start, my blood rushed to my face, I thought it was due to the hot flushes that I am having these days, but it wasn’t, it was due to listening to the news from the BBC about KSA allowing women lawyers to practice? I couldn’t believe my ears, why should an authority involve itself with what a person should choose as a way of life, if I want to be a lawyer then a lawyer I should be and I will prove myself and practice like any body else whether in court or in corporations. I have to prove that I am good lawyer and no one else should say that you are now allowed or not allowed depending on the mood of the person that day or which side of the bed he woke up from?
I dont think that blaming Islam for this is correct, I don’t think that Islam had stopped women from taking up any job, and studying any major. Are we having a second God on earth? I wonder
Mentioning majors, which is what I do, but we yet have to see a major that is gender specific! so women are welcome to choose the major that fit their profile, and men also can choose depending on their ability, desire, aptitude and many other reasons. I noticed for example that boys from UAE prefer to do business studies, and girls are mostly drawn towards medicine and other health sciences, this year is the first year we enroll an Emirati girl in a major that is close to my heart, renewable energy. But students from other gulf countries go for majors that are relevant to their countries’ labour market needs. Of course that doesn’t mean that UAE people want to manage only (as we tend to outsource industry specific people from various countries in the world rather than depend on our own people to do these jobs) but being a few compared to the needs of the industry, they are best to be in management of industry and finance sectors. I must say that they are very clever in these two fields too. The number of UAE entrepreneurs I have seen during my life here is amazing, and all of them tend to run their businesses very well and turn them around to be in the one million dollar sphere.
So if Saudi is averse to having its female people practice Law (for some reason or the other) and female students want to study law, then the only way to do that is for them to move to Dubai! that could be one solution, and the other solution is to work for corporations and law firms rather than for the courts. Or we can have satalite offices that broadcast from the lawyer’s home to the court so no one would see the woman.