Article: "Altering the Economic Foundations of Marriage in the Gulf" (تعديل الأسس الاقتصادية للزواج)
Marriage has historically featured an economic partnership, wherein the man earns the family’s living, while the woman focuses her efforts on child-rearing, and managing household affairs. This arrangement led to certain marriage principles, among them the requirement that the proposing male be able to provide the female with an economically more comfortable life than that which her family affords her.
All the Gulf economic visions aim to increase female labor force participation, in the pursuit of economic equality in the gender domain, as well as the broad economic benefits that accrue when a society makes uses of its females’ abilities, and not just those belonging to its males. However, policymakers the world over face considerable difficulty in determining the best policies for enabling women, as some previous efforts have indirectly backfired, affirming the need to regularly revise policies, drawing upon the experience of other countries.
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