Less than a fifth of Palestinian women participate in work force

While in Israel 59% of women participate in the work force, only 19% of Palestinian women are employed in either part-time or full-time positions.

By
March 7, 2018 16:41
1 minute read.
Palestinian women celebrate outside Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Palestinian women celebrate outside Temple Mount in Jerusalem. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN - REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Less than a fifth of Palestinian women in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip participate in the workforce, according to a Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics report.

The Bureau of Statistics published the finding as part of a special report it issued on Wednesday ahead of International Women’s Day.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Nineteen percent of women in the West Bank and Gaza have either part- or full-time jobs, whereas 71.2% of men have some form of employment.

In Israel, 59% of women participate in the labor force, according to the World Bank.

Louay Shehada, a Bureau of Statistics official, said in a phone call that anyone who is 15 or older and works at least 15 hours weekly is counted in the workforce.

The Bureau of Statistics report also found that the average wage of Palestinian women is 29% lower than that of their male counterparts.

It indicates that women’s and men’s mean salaries respectively stand at NIS 85 and NIS 120 daily.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Fadwa al-Labadi, a professor of women’s studies at Al-Quds University, cited three main reasons for the gender wage gap.

“The first reason is women receive few promotions compared to men. The second reason is that employers do not give women additional child allotments, as they do for men. The final reason is employers in the private sector provide women with lesser salaries than men,” she said in a phone call.

The Bureau of Statistics report also found that 20% of women were married before turning 18, while only 1% of men wedded prior to that age.

In particular, it says that 37% and 42% of women in the Hebron and Gaza City regions, respectively, married before reaching the age of 18.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Turkey Investigating Khashoggi Murder
October 21, 2018
The 'Khashoggi affair': Little new under the Saudi Arabian sun

By CHARLES BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE