Gender, Poverty and Employment in the Context of the Informal Economy in the Arab States

In the Arab world, gender inequality in the labour market persists through occupational segregation, wage gaps, higher unemployment rates, over-representation in the informal economy, inadequate social protection and economic insecurity.

This project will allow researchers to carry out a gender analysis of the informal economy with a view to identifying

  • how women access resources and opportunities in the public and private spheres;
  • how they participate in decision-making;
  • how they benefit from goods and services offered in societal settings; and
  • how particular social protection mechanisms affect women and men differently.

The overall aim is to promote decent work for women and men in the informal economy as a key to reducing poverty, addressing gender inequality and contributing to sustainable human development in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Start Date

Friday, September 15, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


18 months

IDRC Officer

Baksh, Rawwida

Total funding

CA$ 275,000


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Simel Esim


International Labour Organisation

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