Economy / Employment - - MENA region

Waiting for the bloom: Correcting policy biases against Arab women's economic rights

12.01.2016 / Created by (EMWF)

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.


  • Type of publication : Study / Report
  • Author : Nisreen Alami
  • Publishing house : International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Publication date : 2013
  • Number of pages : 30
  • Language : English


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