The coalition participated, through the Jordanian parliament, in organizing the Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference. In the first session entitled: the Conference Agenda and Objectives, the Chairperson of the Coalition, H.E. Wafa Bani Mustafa, participated with a presentation showing in statistics and figures how Jordanian women suffer from disparity with their peer males, and she pointed out that the unemployment rate for females in the third quarter of 2019 was 27.5%, while the unemployment rate for males was 17.1%. She also pointed out that the female economic participation rate was 15.4%, while it reached 55.9% for males, according to the statistics of the third quarter of 2019. She also showed that in 2018, the percentage of unemployed females holding a bachelor’s degree and higher was 76% of the total unemployed females, while in 2019, the percentage increased reaching 83% of the total unemployed females. Finally, she showed the impact of the weak economic participation of women on the gross domestic product.
She pointed out that, according to the gender gap report for the year 2018, the government sector- especially the education and health domains- was the beginning of women’s entry into the labor market due to the privileges offered by the government sector including (fewer working hours, leaves, health insurance, social security, and retirement) showing that the participation rate of women in the public sector reached 36% compared to 13% in the private sector. “It is the most appropriate sector from the point of view of Jordanian and Arab women generally, due to the community values, customs and traditions.” she explained.
She also pointed to the wage gap between males and females in 2018 stating that in the public sector it reached 13-16%, and in the private sector it reached 18% according to the Jordanian National Commission for Wage Equity. she also pointed out that according to the gender gap report for 2018, Jordan ranked 138 globally and 13 among Arab states.
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