Entitled “Educated young women’s employment decisions in Egypt: A qualitative account”, this policy paper was written by Ghada Barsoum, Assistant Professor on Public Policy and Administration Department at the American University in Cairo.
This study seeks to address the interplay of social policies, family and culture in defining women’s employment decisions in Egypt. Building on the stock of evidence on women’s employment in Egypt, this study provides qualitative data through in-depth interviews with both married and unmarried working women in Egypt to explicate this process. The paper highlights women’s calculated and aptly negotiated decisions to either work or opt out of the labour market within this complex setting.
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