Nationals and expats alike are up in arms – for different reasons – after a recruitment agency mistakenly placed a newspaper advertisement seeking to hire Qatari females as domestic supervisors.
Following an outcry from nationals, the agency placed a second advertisement in the same Arabic-language daily yesterday, saying it was searching for women holding Qatari residency permits, not Qatari women.
The Peninsula reports:
Faisal Al Marzooqi, a Qatari columnist wrote in his column in Al Arab daily yesterday, “This advertisement has hurt the dignity of the citizens and their social status in their own country. What else it means if someone says he wants a Qatari woman to work as a housemaid. People have status and that cannot be downgraded without an intention to humiliate.”
“This advertisement is against Qatari values and traditions. I am sure no Qatari woman will apply for the post. If any woman has applied, it should be investigated what had forced her to do that and she should be given financial support,” said Abdul Azeez Al Mulla, a Qatari academic, in remarks to a local Arabic daily, published yesterday.
But expats – and even some nationals – had a different take on the confusion.
Anywhere else, I’d think the reaction to this was a late April fool. “@PeninsulaQatar: Ad for maid infuriates citizens ow.ly/ae3pi”
— Victoria Scott (@Toryscott) April 12, 2012
At the risk of getting my Visa canceled, this news item sickens me ow.ly/ae3pi via @Toryscott #pedigreewarfare
— Sybil Knox (@SybnDoha) April 12, 2012
Wow! Dignity of labour anyone? An honest day’s work hurts no one! “This ad is against Qatari values…” ow.ly/ae3pi via @toryscott
— vani saraswathi (@vanish_forever) April 12, 2012
@SybnDoha @vanish_forever the society is for a long walk to comprehending civil rights let alone labor dignity
— Ahmed (@a77med) April 12, 2012