In a nutshell:
- Egyptian women, especially rural women, have low economic participation by standard measures.
- Standard measures under-estimate the economic engagement of rural women.
- Married women work a “second shift” of domestic responsibilities.
- Gender role attitudes are equitable for education, but not work.
- One area where women, particularly rural women, are more en- gaged than men is in tending livestock and poultry.
- “Graduation” programs, providing livestock as assets, and ad- dressing the multitude of other constraints facing women, are a promising strategy for supporting Egyptian women.
The study of labor market behaviors and dynamics is a central part of Egypt's development
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