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How can we improve employment opportunities for Muslim women?

19 April 2016

The Women and Equalities Committee look specifically at employment opportunities for Muslim women. The Committee hears from individuals who have experience working with Muslim women to tackle barriers to participating in employment and society:


Tuesday 19 April 2016, The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

At 10.30am

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%).

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