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Iraqis’ perceptions of social and economic equality: Jobs needed

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/CL2.GPID/2022/Policy Brief.6


Country: Republic of Iraq

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: Inclusive development

Initiatives: Promoting social justice, Young people, Job creation

SDGs: Agenda 2030

Keywords: Surveys, Equality, Iraq, Employment creation, Young workers, Corruption, Wage policy, Financial assistance, Small enterprises, Private sector, Public sector

Iraqis’ perceptions of social and economic equality: Jobs needed

November 2022

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) conducted a survey in 2022 of 10,000 respondents in ten Arab countries on social and economic equality. Across the region, half of those polled feel that they currently experience social and economic equality. Similarly, half believe that social and economic equality will increase in the next five years.

In Iraq, less than one third of respondents feel that they presently experience social and economic equality. Looking forward, only one third of respondents believe that social and economic equality will increase in the next five years, while two out of five respondents believe equality will deteriorate. Iraqis are much more pessimistic about their current and future experiences of equality than the average Arab citizen.

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