Feminist Critique of Neoliberalism in the MENA region

This publication looks at the gendered outcomes of the adoption of neoliberal policies across counties in the Middle East and North Africa and explores what a feminist economic strategy could look like in the region.

It explores the impacts of neoliberal micro and macroeconomic policies on women and girls and the differences in those impacts depending on the level of economic development in different countries. It also sheds light on the role of gender discrimination, division of labour, structural power and historic gender norms in shaping socio-economic outcomes.

The paper provides a feminist critique of the status quo and a feminist vision of a more just socio-economic future.


Department for Middle East and North Africa
FES Berlin
Hiroshimastraße 28
10785 Berlin


About FES 

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has a network of eleven country offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and implements projects in a total of 14 countries. Some offices, such as Egypt or Sudan, look back at a history of more than 40 years of cooperation.

Offices in the Region