Egyptian Women & Labor Force: Challenges and Opportunities

Source: Wilson Center

Author(s): Nermine El Saadany

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“Inclusiveness” is becoming a widely used concept within different domains. A major barrier to the goal of equitable and sustainable development is rampant unemployment among women and vulnerable groups. The female labor force participation rate in Egypt is a mere 21.3 percent, while women are overrepresented in the informal market, lacking access to social insurance programs and minimum wages. Therefore, Egyptian women represent an unexploited resource that could change the outlook of the Egyptian economy if their potential is realized.

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