SIGI: 85% of Jordanian women are economically inactive


Published: 2019-06-11 12:17

Last Updated: 2023-06-07 10:53

SIGI: 85% of Jordanian women are economically inactive
SIGI: 85% of Jordanian women are economically inactive

According to a report issued by the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), unemployment rate among females rose again after a continuous decline that lasted for two years.

Unemployment rate among females during the first quarter of 2017 was 33% and reached 25.7% during the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the report.

However, the rate rose again, as it reached about 28.9% in 2019 (19% for both sexes and 16.4% for males).

On the other hand, the percentage of the Jordanian workforce among women decreased to 15% during the first quarter of 2019 compared to 18.3% in the first quarter of 2017 and decreased by 3.3% in two years.

SIGI had earlier stated that there was a link between the low unemployment rate among females and the low labor force among them, as the increase in the number of economically inactive women led, in one way or another, to the decline in the unemployment rate among economically active woman, which reflects the great imbalance in economic policies and government measures and procedures, that in turn led to woman to be unwilling to work or look for jobs, causing the waste and loss of women's economic potential and capabilities and negatively affecting their future, the future of their communities and the Kingdom's.

In light of the current data, this link poses a greater risk to women's economic participation and to the achievement of the goals of sustainable development.

The results showed that unemployment among female holders of bachelor's degree or any other higher degrees reached 78% (25.6% for males).

The report also indicated that the percentage of female workers was at its highest in the age group 20-39 years, comprising 64.6% (60.3% for males).

The report added that the unemployment rate among women in Jordan reached a maximum in 1993 with 36.7%, and reached the lowest in 2004, with 16.5%.

In the report, SIGI affirmed that the economic empowerment of women is not limited to their economic participation in various activities, but also includes their ability to freely use their properties, access to property and land, facilitate their access to various resources, secure their future and the future of their families and children if they become heads of their families for any reason such as divorce, death or abandonment.