Feminist Critique of Economic Systems

Feminist economists around the world are continuously highlighting the lack of consideration for social consequences in economic policies. As economic policies’ main goals are associated with monetary growth and accumulation, wellbeing and social justice are often left behind. Therefore, with a capitalist patriarchal economic model, it is essential to deconstruct the economy’s gendered paradigm that embeds hierarchal bias in favor of masculinized productive work in the public sphere and against feminized reproductive work in the private sphere, placing a higher value on the former than the latter.

Despite attempts from governments and the donor community in the MENA region to increase women’s participation in the labour market, which is embodied in the concept of “women’s economic empowerment”, the regional female employment rate of 20% is still the lowest in the world. Questions around whether women’s participation in the labor market has led to the actual empowerment of women in the region are posed. From the spread of informal work and lack of job security to financial conflicts causing an increase in domestic violence and little to no change in care work distributions in the household, the positive effects on women’s realities are debatable. Therefore, Feminist perspectives and critique are now more important than ever in the quest to realign economic systems with social justice.

In collaboration with feminist actors in the region, FES is bringing these concerns to the forefront through various activities, formulating contextualized feminist critique of the economic systems in the MENA region. Through different formats, this critique is being introduced into public discourse, engaging people from different backgrounds in the conversation, looking for transnational commonalities and differences and formulating alternatives to the current socio-economic challenges facing societies in general and women and marginalized groups in particular.


27.04.2020 | Political Feminism, Feminist Critique of Economic Systems | Publications

Feminist Critique of Neoliberalism in the MENA region

This publication looks at the gendered outcomes of the adoption of neoliberal policies across counties in the Middle East and North Africa and…


| Political Feminism, Feminist Critique of Economic Systems, Feminist Visions of the Future of Work | Publications

Feminist Visions of the Future of Work - Middle East and North Africa

Tackling the issue of work has never been easy and is getting more complex as our world is getting more complicated every day. The factors that…



12.06.2020 | Political Feminism | Events

A webinar on "Care Roles in Arab Media"

Under its regional Political Feminism project, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is honored to invite you to a webinar on “Care Roles in Arab Media”…



30.09.2021 | Blog, Political Feminism, FES Regional Peace and Security Project | Press

Capitalist Patriarchal Nightmare, Ecofeminist Awakening

We must dismantle capitalist patriarchy that thrives on exploiting women and nature to attain a socially and environmentally just future.


05.07.2021 | Political Feminism | Press

Smashing the Patriarchy & Co: How Arab Feminists are Re-politicizing their Movement

This essay explores the ways in which Arab feminists are re-politicizing their movement and offers an overview of the strategies that are currently…


25.02.2021 | Political Feminism | Press

Advancing National Mechanisms for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

Following the first World Conference on Women in Mexico in 1975, the World Plan for Action for the Implementation of the Objectives of International…



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