Development cooperation ,04.12.2017

The Way Forward after the Revolution: Decent Work for Women in Egypt and Tunisia - Phase II


The gender employment gap is still large in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in Egypt and Tunisia. Female labour force participation rates in the region are not only the lowest in the world but are also rising very slowly. Higher level of educational attainment does not translate into improved labour market participation. Low female employment rate has a negative effect on economic growth. ILO's project aims at supporting women to better participate in labour market through a comprehensive approach that tackles at the same time access to employment, entrepreneurship, decent work conditions, and social dialogue. Finland has funded the project in 2012-2017 (3,1 MEUR). The project has proceeded well: 705 officials and members of employers' and workers' organisations have been trained on women rights and gender equality, and the skills of women have been enhanced. In addition, the national knowledge base on gender-sensitive issues is improved and tripartite recommendations for reform of the policy and legislative environment concerning women's rights and gender equality in the labour market are formulated. Finland's contribution in 2018 - 2021 is EUR 2 170 435.

Funding decision  04.12.2017

2 170 435 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Employment creation 100%

Funding channel

Kansainvälinen työjärjestö



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