Waiting for the bloom: Correcting policy biases against Arab women's economic rights

This paper aims to contribute to discussions on Arab women’s economic participation in the transition period underway in the region following the Arab uprisings.

This paper focuses on the potential of policy reforms to address a host of structural biases. It argues that gender blindness and discriminatory approaches have not only impacted negatively on women, but have also placed the Arab region as a whole at the bottom of global performers in terms of growth, economic participation, productivity and employment. It will as well unpack the elements of a gender focused inclusive approach to economic growth where a balanced understanding of women’s economic role and their care burdens form the basis for sound governance and economic management. The paper identifies a range of considerations that would facilitate a closer link between economic policy and social and political policy, and ensures that macroeconomic policy leads to positive impacts at the micro level.