Discussion paper

The Inclusion of Women in the Digital Economy in Jordan and Lebanon

February 21, 2022

Many factors explain the absence of MENA women in the digital economy: the workforce gender gap across the region extends online; freelancing is not the preferred option for employment because it is viewed as less stable, difficult to establish, and not “real” work; women in the region often lack digital literacy and awareness of opportunities online; and legal frameworks are not in place to support online work.