Women are still more likely to be disadvantaged when it comes to access to employment and income. Targeted promotion of vocational skills can increase their chances of taking part effectively in the job market. This calls for vocational skills development options that are specifically designed to meet women's needs and are geared to gender equality.
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Women are disproportionately affected by unemployment. One reason for this is that they tend to have a lower level of education than men. Improved access to education and the acquisition of skills that pave the way to an income-generating occupation therefore play a key role in the reduction of global poverty.
One of the most predominant and persisting aspects of employment is the segregation of jobs according to gender. Yet this discrimination begins long before entering the working world. Role models are imposed in early childhood and youth, with the associated impact on educational opportunities. The underlying reasons for this are the traditional division of roles within the family, gender-specific rights and obligations, and gender-specific access to resources. Therefore, when developing training offers, this wider social context must also be taken into account alongside the numerous aspects of the economy and the labour market.
The SDC focus
Gender equality is one of the key priorities in all SDC's activities. When developing programmes for vocational skills development, SDC therefore ensures that gender perspectives are taken into account from the outset. The specific aims include:
SDC Webpage on Gender and VSD ILO Gender and Development UNESCO-UNEVOC Gender Issues and TVET SDC-Gender Equality Network SDC Gender Toolkit