This unique book analyses the reasons behind the low rate of educated women’s employment and the significance of childcare as a barrier to this in the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on Iran, Qatar, Tunisia and Turkey.
Through a comparison of research findings of strategies in Europe, it offers policy solutions to the problem of work-family balance in the Middle East and North Africa addressing the implications for the welfare regimes in these countries.
Significantly, the book also examines the policy demands from educated women who have become a major force in social change for the improvement of their position and overall family wellbeing.
Welfare systems, gender and the reconciliation of work and family in the Middle East;
Theorising women, work and care;
Women, economic citizenship and welfare in the family policies;
Childcare provision and childcare policies;
Educated women in the public sphere;
Educated mothers’ experiences and attitudes towards employment and childcare;
Policy development: views and attitudes towards employment and childcare;
A welfare agenda for the reconciliation of work and family: practical policy implications for the Middle East;