Gender and Development in the Middle East and North Africa: by Nadereh Chamlou

By Nadereh Chamlou

Many years of funding and enhanced rules have drastically elevated women's schooling and health and wellbeing and feature lowered their fertility fee. besides the fact that, the anticipated payoffs in greater employment and financial progress haven't materialized. due to cultural and political limitations, just a 3rd of girls are within the exertions strength - the bottom expense on the planet. destiny monetary progress needs to depend on human assets instead of at the usual assets trusted some time past. girls stay an important, untapped reservoir of human strength. Gender matters were visible as a peripheral obstacle that resided more often than not in the realm of the social sectors. but gender is finally additionally an fiscal factor. Gender and improvement within the center East and North Africa acknowledges the complexity of gender matters, explores the motives of gender inequality, and proposes an time table for switch. additionally integrated is a CD-ROM containing loved ones survey information and a statistical appendix.

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Standard Labor Market Discrimination Does Not Explain Low Participation . . Analysis of standard measures of labor market discrimination, such as wage gaps and job segregation, points to differential treatment of women. However, this differential treatment is by and large in line with the experience of other regions, which have significantly higher rates of female participation in the labor force. Nor do wage discrimination and job segregation explain the difference in the age distribution of the female labor force when compared with that of other regions.

For women, education has been seen primarily as a means to create healthier and better-educated families and, to a certain extent, as a means to empower women outside the home. 1). Although gender gaps remain, girls’ school enrollment rates and literacy rates have risen dramatically over the past decade. Starting from low levels of enrollment three decades ago, girls and women in MENA have either surpassed their counterparts in other regions or narrowed the differences between MENA and other regions (World Bank 1999).

3. The literature on discrimination points to the fact that when the group that is being discriminated against “is a sizable fraction of the total, discrimination by members of the majority injures them [the majority] as well” (Becker 1993). For instance, significant literature exists about the cost of apartheid to the white population in South Africa. 4. This number includes formal and informal work in nonagricultural sectors. It may overestimate the actual participation of women from the region because it includes female expatriate workers, who are counted in labor force statistics.

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