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Women earn degrees, not jobs in Gulf

This New York Times article discusses an interesting issue in the Middle East, taking up the case of the Gulf specifically.  Women are achieving well in education, but it is not leading to their increased participation in the work force, especially in the private sector.  An excerpt-

Similar figures hold true across the Gulf region. In Saudi Arabia, 93 percent of women hold a secondary school certificate or university degree, compared with 60 percent of employed men, according to a study by Al Masah Capital. Yet, though the government gives encouragement and remains the largest employer for women, women make up less than 15 percent of the kingdom’s work force, according to a report this year by the consulting firm Booz & Co. Moreover, according to that report, the unemployment rate for Saudi women in the work force was 26.9 percent in 2008, nearly four times higher than the rate for Saudi men.


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