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Women Empowerment in the Arab Region: A Comparative Investigation
International Journal of Business and Economics Research
Volume 5, Issue 6, December 2016, Pages: 191-201
Received: Oct. 12, 2016; Accepted: Oct. 22, 2016; Published: Nov. 17, 2016
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Hanan Atta Shamlawi, Business Economics Department, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Nahil Ismail Saqfalhait, Business Economics Department, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
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This study aims at investigating women empowerment in the Arab region through a comparative investigation using the analytical descriptive methodology. Inevitably, woman is a key and an important contributor to development. Therefore, enhancing her empowerment is a vital driver and a key element for a development process that is sustainable and continuous. Measuring the woman empowerment is crucial for pinpointing the fragility in woman empowerment efforts in the Arab region. The overall index consists of four dimensions: economic, educational, political and healthcare. Data used is retrieved from the Global Gender Gap reports (GGG) for the years 2006-2015. By reviewing the GGG reports for fifteen Arab countries during the last ten years, notably the major Arab accomplishment is in bridging the gender gap in health and education, countered by the breadth of the political and economic participation gaps. The inability of Arab countries to bridge both political and economic gaps is attributable to several political, economic, social and religious factors. Based on the analysis in this paper, the authors suggest several actions to improved the economic contribution and political participation of woman.
Woman Empowerment, Economics of Gender, Economic Development, Gender Gap
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Hanan Atta Shamlawi, Nahil Ismail Saqfalhait, Women Empowerment in the Arab Region: A Comparative Investigation, International Journal of Business and Economics Research. Vol. 5, No. 6, 2016, pp. 191-201. doi: 10.11648/j.ijber.20160506.12
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