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Despite High Education Levels, Arab Women Still Don’t Have Jobs

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Mar 15, 2016 / 0 Comments
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Thirteen of the 15 countries with the lowest rates of women participating in their labor force are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to the 2015 Global Gender Gap Report (2015). Yemen has the lowest rate of working women of all, followed by Syria, Jordan, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman, Tunisia, Mauritania, and Turkey.


So, why is women’s participation in the workforce so low in MENA, especially when the education rate is at parity for girls and boys, and especially when, often, the girls outperform the boys?


Continue reading the full article on the World Bank Blog.


Maha El-Swais

Maha is a social media communications strategist with the World Bank MENA region. Before joining the bank, she spent most of her career as a broadcaster working at several radio and TV stations in Jordan and the US after completing her Mass Communications degree at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.


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