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To Expand Job Opportunities, Saudi Arabia Plans a Women-Only Work Zone

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A woman using an iPhone visits the 27th Janadriya festival on the outskirts of Riyadh February 13, 2012. The two-week-long festival showcases Saudi Arabian culture and traditions. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

Getting a job in Saudi Arabia is challenging for women. Many want to work, but there are strict limits on what they can do and where they can work.

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But the kingdom now has a plan to expand job opportunities for women. It is proposing a women-only zone in one of its new industrial cities near Hofuf.

Anchor Marco Werman talks to Eman Fahad Al Nafjan, a Saudi women's rights activist and blogger in Riyadh. Nafjan says the plan may offer women more jobs, but only of certain kinds.

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