This paper examines Arab women‘s economic participation, in the transition period in the MENA region, following the Arab uprisings. It aims to assist policy makers and civil society, in shaping a gender responsive inclusive economy. This paper argues that while social values in the Arab countries have a great influence on women´s participation in economies, they may have received exaggerated emphasis that masked broader policy failures. The study includes an overview of indicators related to women’s´ labor force in the Arab region, as well as elements for a gender responsive development, and policies encouraging Arab women´s economic participation.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.