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Rate of economic activity for Jordanian women stands at 14.2 percent

The rate of economic activity for Jordanian women is amongst the lowest in the world. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — Women constitute 47 percent of the total population of Jordan, and 17.5 percent of the total Jordanian families in 2020 are headed by women, but the rate of economic activity for Jordanian women is 14.2 percent, compared to 53.6 percent for males, according to the Department of Statistics.اضافة اعلان

The rate of economic activity for Jordanian women is among the lowest in the world, where the rate is about 47.9 percent globally, and in the region it stands at 31 percent, according to Jordan Labor Watch (JLW).

The unemployment rate for females reached 30.8 percent, compared to 21.2 percent for males during the third quarter of 2021.

Women who left the labor market during the coronavirus pandemic “did not return, unlike men, as the female economic participation rate decreased by 0.4 percent during the third quarter of 2021,” the JLW stated.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that increasing women’s participation in the labor force by only 25 percent would increase GDP growth by 10 percent. Enabling women to obtain paid work will “reduce poverty and expand the middle class,” according to the JLW.

Jordan has progressed 7 places in the ranking of gender gaps in the region, to become 131 out of 156 countries and fifth in the Middle East.

 There are several reasons that drive women to withdraw from the labor market: the lack of regulations for a working environment friendly for working women, the lack of adequate and regular transportation, the absence of nurseries, low wages, the wage gap between males and females, the poor alignment between education outputs and the requirements of job opportunities, in addition to the occupational segregation.

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