The Arab Institute for Women


The Provision of Family-Friendly Work Practices in Lebanon: Challenges and Consequences for the Private Sector

In light of growing concerns about the emergence of family-friendly work practices (FFWP) that create a better working environment for women to increase their labor force participation, there are still some countries far behind the adequate implementation of such policies. This paper provides a cost-benefit analysis of the provision of two central FFWP: parental leave and childcare entitlements in the Lebanese private sector. The argumentative framework presented in this paper focuses on the gender dimension of these policies and uses best practices from around the world to find an appropriate implementation scheme for such policies in Lebanon even in the absence of enforcing legislation. This paper acts as a guideline for policymakers to create more female-friendly workplaces, shown to have promising returns on multiple levels.