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Will new Egyptian employment law help its women lean in?

Nearly five years after the revolution, Egyptian women still face much the same obstacles in the workforce as the economy continues to limp along without their full participation.
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CAIRO — On the occasion of the World Day for Decent Work on Oct. 7, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics issued a media statement exposing the working conditions and general situation in Egypt based on a study it conducted of the labor force in 2014. The data revealed that the participation of men is three times higher than that of women in the workforce.

Egyptian women face a number of problems that limit their ability to work. has identified four factors behind these obstacles: balancing career and family, a reluctance to hire women who have children, gender discrimination and harassment.

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