Scheme offers skills training
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.”