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Unemployment of Young Women in the Arab Region: Causes and Interventions, Social Policy Brief, No. 8

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This policy brief unveils the underlying causes and consequences of young women’s unemployment in the region and warns that the inability of young women to reach into the labour market, would not only affect their potential income, but may also expose them to poverty.  From an economic perspective, it is estimated that the opportunity cost of the unemployment crisis of young women amounts to $50 billion annually.  The brief draws examples from several Arab countries on the poor transition of young women from school-to-work, and urges policy makers to introduce policy interventions, based on a strategic framework to empower women and achieve gender equality.