Employment Barriers Facing Arab Women in Canada

NSA’s Immigrant Women’s National Network (IWNN) initiative is partnering with The Canadian Arab Institute (CAI) in undertaking a research project to investigate the employment barriers encountered by Arab women in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. The study is funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) and has three key objectives:

  1. Understand the knowledge gaps behind the ever-increasing employment barriers facing Arab women and filling these gaps with evidence that inform policy recommendations;
  2. Conduct a community-based research project with a focus on race-based data collection that ensures intersectionality (refugee Arab women, Muslim Arab women, Black Arab women, Queer Arab women, etc.) to ensure the data is reliable and generalizable; and
  3. Contribute to a larger discussion on employment with emphasis on improving integration outcomes and policies for newcomers in Canada.


Have you faced employment barriers as an Arab woman in Canada?
We want to hear about your experiences in our research study!

What is Involved?
  • Participants will participate in a 60 – 75 minutes semi-guided interview virtually via Zoom
  • A $30 honorarium will be provided to participants as a token of appreciation
Who can participate?
  1. Identify as an Arab woman
  2. Reside in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta
  3. You meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Currently unemployed and/or seeking employment,
    • Underemployed (is employed in a position (regardless of type) that is not commensurate with their experience and skills, and which is usually defined by comparing the responsibilities and tasks prior to coming to Canada, to the current job (in Canada),
    • Recently employed (secured employment within the last 6 months)

If you are interested in participating in this study or want to learn more, please look at the flyers below or contact research@canadianarabinstitute.org

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