Literature on women›s economic empowerment confirm the importance of labour as one of the main pillars of women›s economic independence and participation in public life, a way to promote their social status and allow them to take part in decision making, whether on the political level, in businesses, or within families. However, labour is not in any case sufficient for economic empowerment, if its quality is low and does not result in a considerable level of women›s economic empowerment. The present document is a regional report that aims at defining the gender dimensions of informal labour in 13 Arab countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen, and Bahrain.) It exposes the basic problems faced by women in the informal sector, along with their reasons, taking into consideration governmental policies and trends towards women’s social protection in this sector if applicable, in addition to the roles played by the civil society in this regard according to national reports.
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.