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Work-Life Balance Challenges and Family-Friendly Policies: Evidence from Qatar

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submitted on 2024-02-15, 05:08 and posted on 2024-02-15, 05:09 authored by Julia Barbar, Rabia Naguib, Maysaa AbuHilal

This chapter focuses on the major challenges facing women in balancing work and family life, highlighting the crucial role of cultural and institutional factors in shaping work-life policies in Qatar. The chapter provides a comparative analysis of human resource laws and recent developments in family-friendly policies, such as leave, childcare, and flexible work arrangements. The chapter also presents the findings of 26 semi-structured interviews with local and migrant women, exploring the challenges they face in the workplace, the factors influencing their employment decisions, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their work-life experiences. The chapter concludes with insights into the significance of part-time work and flexible work arrangements for women in Qatar.

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Published in: Women's Empowerment and Public Policy in the Arab Gulf States : Exploring Challenges and Opportunities
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  • English


Springer Singapore

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  • 2023

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Copyright © The Editors and The Authors 2023. This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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  • Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
  • School Of Economics Administration and Public Policy - DI

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