Generally, increases in female labour force participation are attributed to factors including improved levels of education, greater social acceptance of working women, declining fertility rates, better access to childcare services, and access to part-time work. However, it is recognised that Muslim women, by virtue of their cultural and belief system, have to consider additional factors in entering, as well as maintaining, involvement in the workforce. This paper - based on a research study on Muslim women’s participation in the Western Australian workplace - examines the factors affecting their participation. The research uncovers the personal circumstances and cultural factors that impact how well Muslim women participate. It also explores workplace environments that that are designed to encourage participation from a diverse work force, including Muslim women.
|Keywords:||Australia, Workplace, Diversity, Muslim Women|
Honorary Research Fellow and Research Officer, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia