In Jordan, only 15% of women are engaged in the formal economy. Jordan is near the bottom of global rankings for economic participation and opportunity for women, ranking 145 out of 153 countries.
There are many reasons women don’t work, including cultural and societal norms, the time and expense of transportation to job sites, concerns about safety on public transit, the cost and availability of child care and the length of time away from home required for most jobs.
Because of these constraints, many women prefer working in a flexible manner through their own home-based businesses. In the last few years, sharing economy platforms – also called the gig or collaborative economy – have been built up around the activities that Jordanian women are involved in from home.