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Decades of investment and improved policies have greatly increased women's education and health and have reduced their fertility rate. However, the expected payoffs in higher employment and economic growth have not materialized. Because of cultural and political barriers, only a third of women are in the labor force-the lowest rate in the world. Future economic growth must rely on human resources rather than on the natural resources relied on in the past. Women remain a huge, untapped reservoir of human potential. Gender issues have been seen as a peripheral concern that resided mainly within the realm of the social sectors. Yet gender is ultimately also an economic issue. Gender and Development in the Middle East and North Africa recognizes the complexity of gender issues, explores the causes of gender inequality, and proposes an agenda for change. ""Gender inequality has a negative impact not only on women but also on society as a whole. It restricts the ability of a country to efficiently allocate and use its most valuable resource-its human capital. Restricting the participation of women in public and economic life limits economic development and national potential. Empowering women and providing opportunities for their full integration into all aspects of society is not just an issue of justice for women-it is a vital factor in creating a climate favorable to achieving sustainable progress and development....Empowerment of women...means stronger families and a richer sense of national community and pride....Encouraging and empowering women to take their place as an integral part of regional growth and progress is the wisest and most effective means of closing the development gap."" Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan President of the Arab Women's Summit

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This text is a product of the World Bank, with major contributions by staff from the agency's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region and from the agency's Consultative Council for Gender. While gender equality issues in the 19 countries of MENA are generally approached from a social, anthropological, or political angle, this report focuses on the economic aspects. It analyzes the potential for women's greater economic contribution, identifies key economic and sociopolitical impediments to women's increased work force participation and empowerment, and suggests an agenda for change. The accompanying CD-ROM contains household surveys and a statistical appendix. For policymakers and proponents of gender equality.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Decades of investment and improved policies have greatly increased women's education and health and have reduced their fertility rate. However, the expected payoffs in higher employment and economic growth have not materialized. Because of cultural and political barriers, only a third of women are in the labor force - the lowest rate in the world. Future economic growth must rely on human resources rather than on the natural resources relied on in the past. Women remain a huge, untapped reservoir of human potential. Gender issues have been seen as a peripheral concern that resided mainly within the realm of the social sectors. Yet gender is ultimately also an economic issue.Gender and Development in the Middle East and North Africa recognizes the complexity of gender issues, explores the causes of gender inequality, and proposes an agenda for change. Also included is a CD-ROM containing household survey data and a statistical appendix.

Synopsis:

Gender inequality--"the differential access to opportunity and security for women and girls--"has become an important and visible issue for the economies of the Middle East and North Africa. It analyzes the potential of women's greater economic contribution to the region's new development model, identifies key economic and sociopolitical impediments to women's increased labor force participation and empowerment, and suggests a way forward in developing an agenda for change.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821356760
Author:
World, Bank
Publisher:
World Bank Publications
Author:
Chamlou, Nadereh
Author:
World Bank
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Sex discrimination against women
Subject:
Women in development
Subject:
Development - Business Development
Subject:
Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
Social Science-Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Business & Economics-Development - Business Development
Subject:
Political Science-Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
Business & Economics : Development - Business Development
Subject:
Political Science : Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
Social Science : Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
BUSINESS STRATEGY
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y

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"Synopsis" by , Decades of investment and improved policies have greatly increased women's education and health and have reduced their fertility rate. However, the expected payoffs in higher employment and economic growth have not materialized. Because of cultural and political barriers, only a third of women are in the labor force - the lowest rate in the world. Future economic growth must rely on human resources rather than on the natural resources relied on in the past. Women remain a huge, untapped reservoir of human potential. Gender issues have been seen as a peripheral concern that resided mainly within the realm of the social sectors. Yet gender is ultimately also an economic issue.Gender and Development in the Middle East and North Africa recognizes the complexity of gender issues, explores the causes of gender inequality, and proposes an agenda for change. Also included is a CD-ROM containing household survey data and a statistical appendix.
"Synopsis" by , Gender inequality--"the differential access to opportunity and security for women and girls--"has become an important and visible issue for the economies of the Middle East and North Africa. It analyzes the potential of women's greater economic contribution to the region's new development model, identifies key economic and sociopolitical impediments to women's increased labor force participation and empowerment, and suggests a way forward in developing an agenda for change.
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