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The Care Economy in the Arab States: Towards recognizing, reducing and redistributing unpaid care work - brief

21.12.2020 / Created by (EMWF)

Women play an outsized role in the care economy in the Arab States, performing 4.7 times more unpaid care work than men – the highest female– to–male ratio anywhere in the world. 

This policy brief is based on the report Progress of Women in the Arab States 2020: the role of the care economy in promoting gender equality, which has been produced under the UN Women-ILO Joint programme “Promoting productive employment and decent work for women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine”, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The report is equally the result of the “Production of a regional companion report to UN Women’s Progress of the World’s Women report on Families in a changing world: public action for women’s rights,” programme, which was funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation. This research was conducted by UN Women in partnership with the Economic Research Forum.”

The report is the Arab States regional companion to UN Women’s global report Progress of the World’s Women 2019–2020: Families in a changing world.


  • Type of publication : Thematic report
  • Author : Ragui Assaad, Maia Sieverding, Racha Ramadan, Marina Hesham
  • Co-editor : UN Women
  • Publishing house : SIDA, Swiss Development Cooperation, Economic Research Forum, Un Women
  • Publication date : 2020
  • Number of pages : 9
  • Language : English and Arabic


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