Civil and political rights - - MENA region

Changing Laws and Breaking Barriers for Women's Economic Empowerment in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia

10.11.2020 / Created by CFAFRC

At a moment when many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are looking to accelerate economic growth and build more stable, open societies, enabling women’s economic empowerment holds one of the keys. If women were to be as equally involved as men in labour markets, the MENA region could see its gross domestic product (GDP) boosted by as much as 47%. This report reveals that change is underway across the region. It presents 24 detailed case studies of recent legislative, policy and institutional reforms to support women’s economic empowerment in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. The report draws out some of the common factors behind the success of these reforms and their implementation. Despite the challenges some countries face, some of which are exacerbated with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the report asserts that progress can be nurtured further through targeted, inclusive and co-ordinated policy actions.

To read the report, click on the link below.


  • Type of publication : Study / Report
  • Author : OECD, ILO, CAWTAR
  • Publishing house : OECD Publishing
  • Publication date : 2020
  • Number of pages : 265
  • Language : English, French, Arabic


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Cyprus University
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Brunella Mariani
União de Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta
Ecological Universe for Development and Climate Association
Association Entrelles Entrepreneures Marrakech-Safi
Life Foundation for Development and Community Integration
Society of Women Graduates (SWG) in the Gaza Strip
Programme d'Appui à la Société Civile (PASC-TUNISIE)
Arab Women Parlamentarian Network
Children of Female Prisoners Association
Association Tawaza pour le plaidoyer de la femme
Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women
Yaich Elarbi
Association Marocaine des Femmes Progressistes (AMFP)
Faculty of Arts and Humanity Manouba
Women'  s Solidarity Fund (WSF)
Euro-Mediterranean Women's Foundation
Egyptian Feminist Union – EFU
Human Development Network
Association Aspirations féminines
Sawa Organization - All Women Together Today and Tomorrow
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Jusoor Center for Studies and Development
Helwan Association for Community Development (Bashayer)
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