New OECD report on Women’s Economic Empowerment in MENA countries 9.45 a.m. on Saturday 7 October 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Cairo, Egypt


02/10/2017 - Women in the Middle East and North Africa are better educated and better skilled than ever. Yet this has not translated into equal access to employment, entrepreneurship and public life. The share of women in work in the MENA region is the lowest in the world, and gender-based discrimination in laws and social norms costs the region more than half a trillion US dollars a year, according to the OECD Development Centre’s SIGI gender index.


The head of the OECD’s work on gender equality, OECD Chief of Staff Gabriela Ramos, will present a new report laying out progress and challenges in six MENA countries at the inaugural MENA-OECD Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum on Saturday 7 October at the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino (16, Gezira St, Cairo Governorate 11211) with H.E. Ms. Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Minister of International Co-operation and Investment, H.E. Ms. Marie-Claire Swärd Capra,  Ambassador of Sweden to Algeria and other speakers. Key events for media are as follows:


9:00 Opening speech by Minister H.E. Ms. Sahar Nasr

9:45 Presentation of Women’s Economic Empowerment in Selected MENA countries: The impact of legal frameworks in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia

10:45 Press conference with Gabriela Ramos and Minister H.E. Ms. Sahar Nasr


To register attendance, or to request an embargoed copy of the report (in English, French or Arabic) ahead of its publication at 10:00 Cairo time on 7 October, journalists should conatct Juliet Lawal in the OECD Media Office (; +33 1 45 24 13 69).


The MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Competitiveness is a partnership between 18 MENA countries and OECD members working to improve investment, competitiveness, public governance, integrity and transparency in the MENA region.


Working with over 100 countries, the OECD is a global policy forum that promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.


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