Boosting female labour market participation rates in the MENA region: Can collaborative economy be of help?

We are happy to announce that CASE is tightening the cooperation with its long-time network partner, FEMISE (Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Économiques/Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Institutes of Economic Sciences).

As a result of this collaboration, a series of MED Policy Briefs, edited jointly by both institutions, will be published. The briefs, containing concise, research-based policy recommendations, are addressed at policy makers and business communities, as well as the general public. In their preparation, CASE will utilize its vast experience and long track record in translating research results to real life applications. The papers are produced with the financial assistance of the European Union.

The first brief, prepared by dr Katarzyna Sidło, CASE Political Economist specializing in the broadly understood MENA region and the EU Southern Neighborhood ­is titled “Boosting female labour market participation rates in the MENA region: Can collaborative economy be of help?”. It evaluates the potential of collaborative economy for increasing labour force participation of women in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Specifically, it examines the ways in which the collaborative economy can enable joining labour market to those women who wish to do it, but for various practical (lack of jobs, difficult commutes), societal (restrictions on outside-of-the-house activities), or family (caring responsibilities) reasons had been unable to do so.

FEMISE is an NGO network established in 2005 and gathers more than 90 members of economic research institutes. Its main scope of activities consists of conducting research on multilateral relations between Europe and Mediterranean countries as well as communicating the results within the multiple institutions. FEMISE acts also as a platform of dialogue for all the partners united in the network. Main issues covered are related to the Euromed partnership, neighbourhood policy and the Union for the Mediterranean.


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