A female Indian friend once asked me why women in my country work only as teachers. My reply was no they work in other sectors as well. I knew from her that she heard that from a Jordanian friend. But after some little thinking it turned out he is not entirely wrong. He is from Kerak and as you may know both Irbid and Kerak lack the urban development Amman is experiencing. Although both cities have universities, and in case of Irbid I think there are four universities, most of their graduates have to go to Amman to find jobs.
I remember back in the early 90s when I was doing my Bachelor in Computer Science almost half of the students were females. Later, I taught Computer Science at two public universities in Jordan and in both universities the number of female students in my classes was always 50% or more than the male students.
So, what is the problem you may ask. The problem is that although the number of female graduates is more than the male graduates “female labor force participation rates in MENA are among the lowest in the world” [source]. Here in the US, there are at most 20% female students in my classes and the number may go to zero in some engineering classes. A number I know from experience that is much lower than Engineering Schools in Jordan. So, although women in MENA countries may get to the education level that enables them to get jobs many may not get the opportunity to work for many cultural and social reasons.
Recently, I was informed of a project called FemEo [En, Ar], a community aiming to assist working women in the Middle East. They offer daily tips and advice, a networking section, and Career Assessments. I like the idea of this project because I believe the best career help a working woman can get is from other working women. As far as I know I think this is the first online project in the Middle East that is dedicated to working women. Such project is more beneficial when there are more people contributing to it. More participants mean more questions, articles, advices and of course more knowledgeable of their rights working women. I also see a great advantage of this site for new female graduates to learn and get assistance about their new life style as working women.
This is a social network site that I think would be of great advantage and interest to women.