Globally, we know that most women prefer to be in paid employment, and that most men agree. The progress of women in the workplace is to be celebrated, but it is not without its challenges.
Both women and men also acknowledge that a lack of access to care – in the form of childcare, care for the disabled and elderly and housekeeping services – is a major obstacle facing women at work.
National development plans in the Arab states have generally overlooked the care industry as a productive economic sector. However, shifting dynamics in our region demand change.