Opening Doors

Opening Doors

Author: 
World Bank
Place: 
Washington, D. C.
Publisher: 
World Bank Group
Date published: 
2013
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In the last two decades, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has closed many critical gender gaps, especially in ensuring equal access for girls and boys to education and healthcare. Today, the region can be proud that its women are enrolling in far greater numbers in university than ever before, and indeed, in many countries, young women are more educated than young men. At the same time, MENA has also witnessed the largest decrease in maternal mortality in the world. These achievements are commendable, and the next step is expanding the role of MENA women in the work place and in public life. Currently, only one in four women of working age are employed or looking for work. Many of them find it very difficult to get a job. Young women in many MENA countries face unemployment rates as high as 50 percent. It is no surprise then, that the region?s young, educated women are calling for greater access to economic opportunities, and a more equal, inclusive society...

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CITATION: World Bank. Opening Doors . Washington, D. C. : World Bank Group , 2013. - Available at: http://library.au.int/opening-doors