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Women's Economic Empowerment in Selected MENA Countries

The Impact of Legal Frameworks in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia

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This report examines how current legal provisions in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia are impacting women’s ability to fully participate in economic life, both as employees and entrepreneurs. It is based on a comparative analysis of the various rights set out in constitutions, personal status laws, labour laws, in addition to tax and business laws. The report recognises the considerable progress made – in particular in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings – following the adoption of constitutional and institutional reforms to strengthen women’s status.

Yet ensuring sufficient opportunities for women remains a challenge in the six countries. The report suggests that this may be due to different factors such as: the existence of certain laws that are gender discriminatory, contradictions between various legal frameworks, lack of enforcement mechanisms, and barriers for women in accessing justice.  Through targeted policies, countries can tackle these challenges, and help unleash women’s potential to boost growth, competitiveness and inclusive social development.

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Executive summary

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Selected MENA Countries analyses the challenges facing Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia in their efforts to boost women’s employment and entrepreneurship, and offers policy recommendations for governments moving forward. It focuses on four main areas: Chapter 1 provides an overview of women’s economic participation in the six countries; Chapter 2 examines international and constitutional provisions and women’s access to justice; Chapter 3 analyses the impact of family law on women’s empowerment; and Chapter 4 considers labour law in relation to women’s rights as employees and entrepreneurs.

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