Egypt needs to in­crease women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in labour force: Aliko

FE­MALE PAR­TIC­I­PA­TION IN COUN­TRY’S WORK­FORCE IS 22.9%, REP­RE­SENT­ING 69.9% OF MEN’S SHARE

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UN Women Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Egypt, Blerta Aliko, in­formed Daily News Egypt that there is a need and de­mand to in­crease women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the labour force in gen­eral, whether in the for­mal or in­for­mal sec­tors, as well as in the pri­vate and gov­ern­men­tal sec­tors.

In terms of the labour force, the per­cent­age of fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in the coun­try’s work­force reached 22.9% be­tween the ages of 15 to 64-year-olds. This fig­ure rep­re­sents nearly one-third of the men’s share in the labour force, which was 69.9% for the same age group, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Cen­tral Agency for Pub­lic Mo­bil­i­sa­tion and Sta­tis­tics (CAPMAS).

The CAPMAS pre­vi­ously stated that the per­cent­age of fe­male em­ploy­ees in the gov­ern­men­tal sec­tor reached 25.8%, ver­sus 74.2% for males.

“We saw that the level of Egyp­tian women’s ed­u­ca­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tions are equal, and on par with men’s, but their op­por­tu­ni­ties in ac­cess­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties are much lower than them,” ac­cord­ing to Aliko.

“The un­em­ploy­ment rate reached 23.6% for fe­males, com­pared to 8.9% for males in 2016,” the CAPMAS formerly stated.

No­tably, Egypt Vi­sion 2030 tar­gets rais­ing the women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion rate in the labour mar­ket to 35% by 2020, and to 40% by 2030, ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Plan­ning, Hala Al-Saeed.

There are mul­ti­ple rea­sons for women’s fewer chances in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the labour force, the most im­por­tant one be­ing women’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions and meet­ing the re­quired cri­te­ri­ons cor­re­spond­ing with the job mar­ket, in­di­cated Aliko.

Re­gard­ing the UN’s func­tions in Egypt, Aliko con­cluded that UN Women in Egypt is cur­rently work­ing on three fo­cal points.The first is pay­ing at­ten­tion to in­creas­ing women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion and lead­er­ship; the sec­ond is em­pow­er­ing women eco­nom­i­cally— which be­gins with giv­ing marginalised women bank­ing, fis­cal, eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy train­ing— and the third is end­ing vi­o­lence against women.

“We will con­tinue sup­port­ing women, es­pe­cially the marginalised cat­e­gories, to en­sure they are in­volved in eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal life, in line with chang­ing poli­cies. This is our niche,” stressed the UN Women Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Egypt.

NO­TABLY, EGYPT VI­SION 2030 TAR­GETS RAIS­ING THE WOMEN’S PAR­TIC­I­PA­TION RATE IN THE LABOUR MAR­KET TO 35% BY 2020, AND TO 40% BY 2030

WE SAW THAT THE LEVEL OF EGYP­TIAN WOMEN’S ED­U­CA­TION AND QUAL­I­FI­CA­TIONS ARE EQUAL, AND ON PAR WITH MEN’S, BUT THEIR OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES IN AC­CESS­ING EM­PLOY­MENT OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES ARE MUCH LOWER THAN THEM

UN Women coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Egypt, Blerta Aliko

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