Fostering Women's Economic Empowerment
Women in MENA economies are potential drivers of growth, competitiveness and social development in the region. Despite impressive progress in education over the past decades, women’s labour force participation in the region remains among the lowest in the world at 24%, compared to 62% in OECD economies.
Gender equality is crucial to private sector development, job creation and economic growth. Accordingly, the MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme has launched two initiatives to develop innovative ways of supporting the integration of women in MENA economies.
OECD-MENA Women's Business Forum
Project on Supporting Women as Economic Actors during the Transition Period
In light of the on-going social, political and economic changes taking place in the MENA region, the MENA‑OECD Competitiveness Programme launched a project focused on Supporting Women as Economic Actors during the Transition Period in six participating countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia). The project seeks to ensure that ongoing democratic reforms fully take into account the high development potential of a stronger involvement of women in the economy.
The project comprises two main activities:
Women in Business 2014:
2009 Action Plan on Fostering Women's Entrepreneurship and Employment
2007 Declaration on Fostering Women's Entrepreneurship
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