Georgetown University: Deciphering the obstacles to women’s employability in Morocco

Women’s participation in the Moroccan labor market remains low, despite rising levels of education, rising age at first marriage, falling fertility rates and increased international advocacy around economic opportunities and women’s empowerment. 

 According to researchers at Georgetown University, several factors explain this underperformance, including discriminatory family laws, the absence of support structures for working mothers, and the fragility of the private sector. 

 Overall, they believe that the contraction of the public sector and the lack of suitable jobs in the private sector have meant that a large proportion of women who could enter the workforce remain outside it. 

 They also believe that, without the necessary social development policies, most MENA countries will see women remain largely outside the formal workforce, unable to contribute to women’s productivity, growth and economic empowerment.

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