First Jobs for Young Women in MENA: Expectations & Reality

First Jobs for Young Women in MENA

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Young women's absence from the workplace in the MENA region creates a profound impact. On a personal level, women’s employment can foster the dignity and financial independence that transform individuals and families.

The 'First Jobs for Young Women in the Middle East & North Africa: Expectations and Reality' report has been produced to ascertain the obstacles women face in and when searching for employment, and to identify potential ways to surmount them.

With a specific focus on young women across 18 countries in the MENA region, it reveals where young women's expectations around recruitment and workplace benefits might diverge from those of employers and how the attitudes of women seeking employment, women in work and employers (both male and female) might influence women’s participation in the workforce.

The findings demonstrate there are tangible steps that governments, NGOs, employers and young women themselves can undertake to increase women’s participation in the workforce.

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This white paper was a joint initiative between YouGov, Bayt.com - the Middle East’s leading job site and the leading youth employment network in the Middle East and North Africa, Education For Employment (EFE).