Why so few Women Work in Iraq

By Miriam Muller and Matthew Wai-Poi, for World Bank Blogs. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

What gets in their way? A closer look into why so few women work in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon

Less than 15 percent of women participate in the labor market in Iraq and Jordan, and only 26% do in Lebanon.

These are among the lowest women labor participation rates worldwide.

In a context of instability, crises, fiscal constraints and conflict which has led to few new jobs being created, the World Bank has been supporting women's equal access to the labor market.

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(Picture credit: Govt of Iraq)

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