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Breaking Down Work Barriers for Jordanian Women

Breaking Down Work Barriers for Jordanian Women

$80,000 grant funds research aimed at leveling labor market playing field

After making remarkable strides in achieving gender parity – an important human development indicator – Jordan is now tackling the issue of economic inclusion of women.

Gender equality in economic participation and opportunity remains a challenge in Jordan.

The female labor participation rate is 23 percent and female youth unemployment rate is 38 percent. That compares to 17 percent among male youth. Young women account for only 9 percent of the economically active population in Jordan.

A high minimum wage and a mandate requiring employers to provide social security benefits after three months have been cited as disincentives to hiring. There is also concern that Jordan’s education system may not be preparing youth with appropriate job market skills.

The government of Jordan is considering a number of policy changes to address this issue.

To assist them, the World Bank, with funding from the PSIA Multi-Donor Trust Fund and the Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative Gender Action Plan, evaluated the poverty and social impacts of two specific government policy interventions.

The trust fund provided an $80,000 grant toward a 2011 survey of male workers and firms to gain a more complete picture of labor market constraints.

The results will inform the work of Jordanian labor and education ministries, and the Jordanian Women’s Coalition.  

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Last updated: 2012-02-24

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