2,500 young women trained on labor market skills in all of Egypt's governorates on the Occasion of the International Women's Day

Mar 15, 2018

Dr. Heba Wafa, UNDP Gender and Local Development Team Leader during the presentation to the training programme in Cairo. UNDP/Abdelhamid Ezzat

The Ministry of Youth and Sports, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Microsoft Egypt have launched a new initiative to empower young women for the labor market in more than 43 youth centers all over Egypt. The initiative comes on the occasion of the International Women’s Day under the theme “Nothing is Impossible to You” and targets young women between 18 and 35 years old. The training lasts for five days.

The training programme has been designed to cover the basic job requirements and needs. Upon completing the programme, the trainees will be able to act professionally in the work environment using the latest technologies and tools to perform the assigned jobs such as e-mail and report writing, communication, negotiation and presentation skills, time management, creative thinking and principles of financial management. 

The initiative emphasizes the role of working women in the society, seeks gender equality, equal opportunities and the empowerment of women, to achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt 2030. Women’s participation in the labor force is 22.9% of the labor force (15-64 years old) and constitutes quarter of the men’s participation which is 69.9%. Moreover, women’s enrollment in higher education is 47.9% compared to 52.1% for men. Unemployment is 23.6% for women while 8.9% for men, additionally 26.4% of women use computers and 25.3% of them use the internet according to a press release issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018.

Engineer Khaled Abdel Aziz, Minister of Youth and Sports, in his speech, assured that the ministry is working on the implementation of various initiatives and programmes, aimed at enhancing Egyptian women’s empowerment in the political, social, cultural and economic fields in line with the state’s continuous support to the role of women and their capabilities in a positive and productive way. He added that the initiative sheds the light on girls’ participation in the technology and job/life skills arenas. It aims to provide women and girls with skills to contribute effectively to the community development and to the SDS through better communication with women in remote and border areas, to ensure their wide participation.

From her side, Ms. Randa Aboul-Hosn, UNDP Country Director, stated that “UNDP continuously works on supporting and empowering women to reach the true gender equality in the various areas of the society especially in the work environment”. She added, “we give priority to women empowerment programmes in all our projects. Seeing this enthusiasm and passion among the trainees is the main engine to attain the SDGs and Egypt’s Vision 2030”.      

Mr. Khaled Abdel Kader, Microsoft CEO, confirmed that “Microsoft believes in the importance of diversity and innovation. Thus, we are very excited to collaborate with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and UNDP in this initiative which is a success story relevant to our global campaign #MakeWhatsNext on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. It is our duty to empower women and strengthen their knowledge of the enormous potential offered by science, technology, engineering and mathematics”. He added, “We are committed to help them unleash their creative potential to succeed in these significant fields. Women, today, are on top of the agenda in many companies in Egypt. Thus, we believe that providing an inclusive and diversified work environment contributes to the success of organizations. We encourage all the efforts exerted for women’s empowerment and we look forward to a women-led generation”.   

It is worth mentioning that the training of trainers took place focusing on financial knowledge basics, in partnership with the Egyptian Banking Institute, within the framework of the Central Bank of Egypt activities on financial inclusion. This cooperation between the different institutions contribute to youth development, women empowerment, social integration and effective technology usage in this respect.

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