How can we improve employment opportunities for Muslim women?
19 April 2016
- Watch Parliament TV: Employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK
- Inquiry: Employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK
- Women and Equalities Committee
Tuesday 19 April 2016, The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
- Nazmin Akthar, Vice Chair, Muslim Women's Network
- Latifa Akay, Project Manager, Maslaha
- Sufia Alam, Projects Manager, The Maryam Centre
Purpose of the session
Issues to be covered include:
- Why are levels of employment so low among Muslim women?
- What role does discrimination play?
- Are there issues with state employment support and childcare provision?
- What role do cultural attitudes about work and family play?
28% of Muslim women (aged 16-74) are in employment, significantly lower than the approximately 51% of the overall female population. This is also lower than other faith categories that also have a significant Asian ethnic demographic. Furthermore, 27% of Muslim women are categorised as ‘Looking After Home and Family', compared to the overall female population (7%).