News: June 5-6 meetings of the OECD-MENA Women's Business Forum and Supporting Women as Economic Actors during the Transition Period
While MENA economies have made impressive progress in improving women's educational outcomes over the past decades, women’s labour force participation in the region remains among the lowest in the world at 26%, compared to 51% in OECD economies.
Policy makers increasingly recognise that gender equality is crucial to private sector development, job creation and economic growth. Accordingly, the MENA-OECD Investment Programme has initiated two pojects to develop innovative ways of supporting the integration of women in MENA economies.
OECD-MENA Women's Business Forum
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 Investment Programme began a new project focused on supporting women as economic actors during this transition period. The project seeks to raise awareness of the economic benefits of recognising women’s potential as economic actors, in order to generate the political support needed to enhance women’s economic rights and participation in the project countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia).
Participants at the OECD-MENA Womens' Business Forum meeting, 2 December 2013, Rabat, Morocco