Search: Women's participation in the public sphere
To combat the predominant mindset contributing to the failure of women in the workforce, the Qatar Career Fair recently hosted its second lecture, The working women in Qatar: professional aspirations and social traditions.
More Qatari women have university degrees than men, yet female participation in the workforce is only 35 percent, well below the national percentages in developed countries.
Read more at Arabian Gazette.
A major two-day conference on 'Supporting open economies, inclusive growth - women's role in Arab countries' will be held at Lancaster House in central London on 25th and 26th June 2013, as part of the UK's presidency of the G8 Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition.
Read more at AME Info.
With its young population and access to free education up to the university level, Algeria seems to have no shortage of young female entrepreneurs. At the Algeria 2.0 conference - an event designed to encourage entrepreneurship - women participated in the Women's Start-up Weekend, developing their business ideas.
Read more at The National.
08/05/201309:50The Egyptian revolution appears to present a “gender paradox.” On the one hand, women have been marginalized in many formal political institutions since the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. On the other hand, representations and images of women and women’s bodies have been everywhere.Nicola Pratt, Associate Professor at The University of Warwick writes representation and realities of Egyptian women.Read more at Jadaliyya.
With the report 'She and Elections', Nazra for Feminist studies scrutinises 16 individual women's running for Parliament in Egypt in 2011. Nazra, a partner to KVINFO, aims at building an Egyptian feminist movement.
The report analyzes the social and political context in which these women had their electoral journey, and the different ways in which they dealt with their respective realities and challenges. It also covers the tools applied to support the women's candidatures, including Nazra’s so-called mentoring on the ground methodology.
Read the report at Nazra for Feminist Studies. Watch the 18 minutes video on the women's parliamentary journey.
“The next big push for growth is going to come from the employment and the better utilisation of women in the workforce. This is true of female potential in any economy, but is especially important in these [MENA] economies because labour market participation rates [of women] are fairly low.”
The World Bank’s chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa, Ms Nadereh Chamlou, speaks about women’s participation in the workforce.
Read more at The National.