Today, Manal is thriving as a seamstress in a garment factory that offers a comfortable work environment, and – surprisingly – her relationship with her in-laws has improved. “I am planning my own sewing workshop in Shouneh,” she said recently. If that doesn’t work out? “Five years from now, I will be a sewing trainer for other women. If you want something badly enough, you can get it.”
In the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), around 17.5% of the adult female population – less that one in five women – is employed. Manal is an outlier, and we need more and better data to understand how to replicate her transition."
Read article by Ron Bruder from World Economic Forum.