>> A call center with a difference. These Saudi women are preparing to field distress calls from across Mecca, during the annual Hajj Muslim pilgrimage.>>
> About two million Muslims are expected to attend the pilgrimage in Mecca, starting from Wednesday
As it tentatively offers more work and education opportunities to woman who would normally stay at home. It's a big shift, if a small step. Saudi Arabia adheres to a hardline interpretation of Islamic law and tribal custom. Women must still obey a strict dress code, have male guardians, and are barred from driving.
Saudi authorities have been preparing for months to handle outbreaks of violence, fires, riots or disease at the Hajj. Or a stampede, like one that killed hundreds of people two years ago.>>