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The State of Women’s Rights in the Arab World

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Mar 09, 2016 / 0 Comments

The good news is that when it comes to reforms that add to women's economic opportunities and reduce the number of laws restricting their roles, countries around the world are making improvements every year. According to the latest World Bank Women Business and the Law Report 2016, in the past two years, some 65 economies have passed 94 reforms that should help improve women's lives.


Most of these reforms have taken place not in the "developed" world but in "developing" countries in Europe, Central, Asia, and Africa. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has made the fewest reforms of any region- just 12. This is despite the fact that legal and business barriers preventing women from joining the labor force in MENA cause an estimated loss of 27% in income.


Here is a recap of the highlights of reforms made to women's rights, as well as discriminatory measures made against them:


Continue reading this article on World Bank’s blog.


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