Gender Income Gap Constrains the Consumer Market in MEA

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Women lagging far behind – reveals Euromonitor International‘s latest research

– $1627 is the average disposable income per female in Africa and Middle East

– Female disposable income at only 33% as an average proportion of regional male income

– Real growth of just 21% in regional female average per capita disposable income

Middle East and African women’s average annual disposable income was 67.4% less than men in 2012 – the largest gender income gap in the world. Within the region, Egypt has the largest income gap. The region’s large income gap is mainly due to low female labour force participation, despite a higher level of educational attainment by women. This can restrict the consumer market potential, because women often make the majority of purchasing decisions in the household.

Womens disposable income in Africa and the Middle East
Women’s disposable income in Africa and the Middle East. Source: Euromonitor International
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