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Parental Policies: A Catalyst for Gender Equality in the Arab Region

Mehrinaz El Awady

Abstract


The struggle for gender equality has many facets, but one crucial aspect that is often overlooked is the role of parental policies. This refers to laws stipulating that women and men should be given time off work during and after the birth of a child. Parental policies are widely viewed as important labor rights and are enshrined under various international treaties, but the broader societal value of these policies in transforming gender dynamics and promoting equality is sometimes underappreciated.


Keywords


Gender equality, Arab region, parental policies, maternity leave, paternity leave

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DOI: 10.32380/alrj.v42i2.1740

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ISSN: 0259-9953

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