Two-Thirds of Young Arab Women Remain Out of Workforce

Author: Steve Crabtree, Gallup, Published on: 2 April 2012

About one in three young Arab women between the ages of 23 and 29 participate in their country's labor force versus about eight in 10 young Arab men...Slow-to-change cultural and institutional patterns are one reason why large gender gaps persist in workforce participation among young Arabs. Balancing family-life demands, particularly child rearing, can be challenging for women -- but particularly in countries where laws regarding gender discrimination and benefits for working women (such as maternity leave) are inadequate or loosely enforced.

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