Changing Laws and Breaking Barriers for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia

At a moment when many countries of the MENA region are looking to accelerate economic growth and build more stable, open societies, this report argues that greater women’s economic empowerment holds one of the keys. It asserts that despite challenges some countries are facing in guaranteeing women equal access to economic opportunity, progress is underway and can be further nurtured through targeted, inclusive and coordinated policy actions. Building on the conclusions of a first monitoring report released in 2017, the report analyses recent legislative, policy and institutional reforms in support of women’s economic empowerment in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia and seeks to identify success factors that have helped anchor reform. Moreover, it delivers actionable examples and practical tools for policy makers to help them transform policies into effective actions for women’s economic empowerment.

Published on November 10, 2020Also available in: Arabic, French

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Key findings and recommendations
Women at work and in society: the state of play
Women at work
Decent work for the most vulnerable
Women in the family and in society
Key actors for reform
Ten factors for successful reform
Annexes4 chapters available
Resource persons for the research
Questionnaire on legal reforms
Questionnaire on promising practices
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