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Policy Brief on Enhancing Women’s Participation in the Labor Market

Executive summary of the policy topic: 

 

Despite the substantial investments made by the government in health, education, legislation and policies to enable women’s participation in the economy (female labor force participation to female population aged 15 and up), participation rate remained low throughout the last decade and dropped even further in 2013. This rate is also considered low compared to other countries of the world, including Arab countries, as Jordan ranked 133 out of 136 countries in 2013, raising concerns from the Higher Population Council and the Jordanian National Commission for Women, taking into account that the number of women of working age is increasing and Jordan is at the threshold of a demographic window of opportunity.

 

  

The policy brief proposed three policy options for addressing the challenges faced by women in the workplace. These policy options are: promoting flexible work arrangements, promoting gender-friendly work environment, and strengthening the positive role of religious, education and media institutions in supporting women and gender equality. The first option, which calls for promoting flexible work arrangements (part-time work, work from home, flexible working hours), was considered a first priority as it addresses the majority of obstacles faced by women in the workplace. Adoption of this option is dependent on the implementation of option three, which focuses on raising awareness of women’s participation in the labour market and supports the National Strategy for Employment (2013-2017) and the National Strategy for Women (2013-2017). It should be noted that the majority of EU countries have adopted a similar policy to promote women’s participation in the labor market, and GCC countries have taken substantial steps in this regard as well.

 

 

Moreover, the effective implementation of this option requires forming a national committee by the Prime Minister comprising representatives of all concerned entities from the public and private sectors and CSOs to develop official flexible work arrangements for the Kingdom and a relevant strategic plan for implementation.

 

 

Progress to date:

  • HPC presented the Policy Brief to the Minister of Planning and International Cooperation/ Chairman of the Higher Population Council.
  • The Minister of Planning and International Cooperation submitted the Policy Brief to the Prime Minister.
  • The Prime Minister formed a technical committee to consider the adoption of flexible work arrangements and develop relevant regulations.
  • The government officially adopted the flexible work arrangements option by issuing the “Flexible Work By-Law” of 2017. The by-law was endorsed by His Majesty the King.