February 23, 2017

More Educated, Less Employed: The Paradox of Women’s Employment in the Gulf

A woman walks with her child in Doha, Qatar. (Getty Images)

There is a paradox in women’s achievement across the Gulf states. By most international standards, female citizens of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have good access to education systems, affordable and proficient health care and social services. Women are graduating from university in higher numbers than men, maternal health risks are low and childcare and family support services are plentiful. However, women in the Gulf remain marginalized and, in some sectors, nearly invisible from the workforce. In particular, women are most absent from economic life in the private sector.

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