CAIRO: Egyptian men are thrice as represented in the workforce than women, according to a recent study by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
The study, which examined figures as of the end of 2014, showed that 72.3 percent of Egyptian men were employed, whereas only 23.1 percent of women were employed.
Of those employed, 59 percent had social insurance, and only 50.5 percent participated in health insurance.
The National Council for Women has pushed for increased women’s participation in the workforce, but a number of challenges remain.
In September 2014, the Cabinet refused a request made by NGO Nazra for Feminist Studies to allow women to join The Supreme Committee for Legislative Reform, drawing criticism from many of the country’s women’s rights groups.
A joint statement released by Nazra and 14 other NGOs Saturday said that although the Cabinet refused their request, stating that the National Council for Women “already has the right to review law articles concerning women.”
An estimated 32.5 percent of women in Egypt were illiterate in 2012, while the men’s rate reached 17.6 percent, according to a March 2014 report CAPMAS.