In recent reports, 3 out of every 5 women living in the Arab World are unemployed making labor force participation rates among the lowest in the world and more specifically, female unemployment rates are far above the region’s averages. Men, on the other hand, have a 25% unemployment rate. While the rate for men is very high in a global perspective, 75% for women is unbelievable.
The strange part is that women’s literacy rates in the Arab World are very close to equal with the rate of men except for Yemen and Morocco. Both genders also have an almost equal number of college graduates in which Arab women score higher even in the sciences. With such high success rates, why are woman more prone to be unemployed?
The truth is there are less opportunities for women in the Arab World. The idea of religion and traditional gender roles is limiting women and denying them access into the “men’s” workplace.
Reza Aslan, on the Council on Foreign Relations said “The less economic opportunities women in the Arab world have, the less hope there will be for the creation of a stable, viable, and democratic future.”
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With the role of women in the recent Arab Spring uprisings, they were shoulder to shoulder with men trying to have their voices heard. Women being financially independent and successful in the workforce is empowering and will lead to a prosperous economy.