Muslim Women in the Diverse Western Australian Workplace

By Shamim Samani.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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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

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp.37-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 404.366KB).

Dr. Shamim Samani

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

Research Officer and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. She completed her PhD at Curtin University, Western Australia and has a Master's in Ecologically Sustainable Development from Murdoch University, Western Australia. After obtaining her Bachelor's with Honours in Economics from Kingston University in the UK, she worked as an Economics teacher at a high school in Kenya. Her interests include women and economic development, diversity, multiculturalism, sustainability and community engagement.