Female participation in Qatari workforce grows – study

Qatari women also outnumber their male peers in secondary education.
Female participation in Qatari workforce grows – study
QATARI WOMEN: The country is more aware of the importance of womens rights, the report said. (Getty Images)
By Ed Attwood
Thu 26 Aug 2010 10:50 AM

Female participation in the Qatari workforce has risen has risen to 36 percent, from a figure of 30 percent six years ago, according to data released by the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA) on Wednesday.

Gulf Times reported that the gender gap in the country has also narrowed in other areas, with literacy rates among both Qatari young men and women touching 99 percent last year.

Some 92 percent of Qatari boys and between 93-5 percent of Qatari girls had been provided with primary education over the past six years.

While around the same number of men and women undertake pre-university education, the report found that more women than men are pushing on with further education studies.

In terms, of female participation in politics, the QSA cited the high turnout of women during the third elections to the Central Municipal Council, and added that a female candidate had won a seat in the election.

“The Qatari society is heading towards more awareness on the importance of women’s political participation: the Constitution gives women equal rights,” the report added.

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