Scheme of­fers skills train­ing

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An NGO com­mit­ted to tack­ling un­em­ploy­ment in the Mid­dle East and Africa has launched an ini­tia­tive to kick­start women’s em­ploy­ment in the re­gion.

Launched on the side­lines of the meet­ing of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly by non-profit Ed­u­ca­tion For Em­ploy­ment (EFE), the new drive aims to pro­vide skills, train­ing, work place­ments and en­tre­pre­neur­ial sup­port to more than 10,000 women across the re­gion by 2020.

The ma­jor­ity of MENA coun­tries have high fe­male and youth un­em­ploy­ment, with wide­spread job­less­ness cre­at­ing a fer­tile ground for re­cruit­ment by mil­i­tants, es­pe­cially in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Ye­men.

Ron­ald Bruder, a US real es­tate de­vel­oper and founder of EFE, said short­term, tar­geted train­ing was a big part of the so­lu­tion, while Mariam Farag, Head of Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity for MBC Group, high­lighted the chal­lenges faced by women and youth in a re­gion struck by the grow­ing ap­peal of mil­i­tant ideas among des­per­ate young peo­ple. She said the ap­point­ment of HH Sheikha Jawa­her Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Shar­jah, to the post pa­tron for Global Women’s In­clu­sion would bridge the gap.

Farag added: “I am sure that with the pres­ence of some des­ig­nated per­sons like Her High­ness who sup­port the hu­man de­vel­op­ment and pro­fes­sional pro­grammes like what EFE present we can to­gether trans­form the youth to a new yet bet­ter level in their pro­fes­sional life.”

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