Labor force participation among Yemeni women is extremely low, particularly when compared to that of men: 61% of men work for pay while only 7% of women. Additionally, of those women who do report working for pay, 32% are self-employed and 43% earn less than 20,000 riyals a month. This topic brief presents the main findings from the SWMENA survey in Yemen on paid work and employment . The focus of this brief is an analysis of participation by Yemeni women in the formal economy through their wage labor, and subsequent control over their earnings and any other assets. In addition, other features of income and formal sector involvement are discussed, such as receipt of benefits, paid leave, and health insurance as a part of employment.
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