Economics Seminar Women Work and Patriarchy in the Middle East and North Africa-FR

Event Date(s):
April 21, 2017
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Event Details:

The Department of Economics is pleased to present the following installment of its seminar series. "Women, Work and Patriarchy in the Middle East and North Africa" will be presented by Dr. Fariba Solati, Saint Thomas University Department of Economics.

All are welcome!


Dr. Solati will discuss her recently published book, which investigates why the rate of female labor force participation in the Middle East and North Africa is the lowest in the world. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the book explains that the primary reason for the low rate of female labor force participation is the strong institutions of patriarchy in the region. Using multiple proxies for patriarchy, this book quantifies the multi-dimensional concept of patriarchy in order to measure it across sixty developing countries over thirty years. The findings show that Middle Eastern and North African countries have higher levels of patriarchy with regards to women’s participation in public spheres compared with the rest of the world. Although the rate of formal female labor force participation is low, women across the region contribute greatly to the financial wellbeing of their families and communities. By defining a woman’s place as in the home, patriarchy has made women’s economic activities invisible to official labor statistics since it has caused many women to work in the informal sector of the economy or work as unpaid workers, thus creating an illusion that women in the region are not economically active. While religion has often legitimized patriarchy, oil income has made it affordable for many countries in the region.

Building: Singer Hall

Room Number: 445


Holly Burke-Wood
1 506 453 4828