We believe it is crucial to support simultaneously youth economic empowerment from an early age and gender equality to make sure all young people, including young women, unlock their potential.
We strongly encourage the EU to consider the following:
Partners for Sustainable Growth and Jobs
- Promote measures to eliminate specific barriers to girls and young women’s education, including their access to secondary education, vocational education and training, taking into account diversity and intersectionality. This means for example ensuring flexibility for trainings (evening, parttime etc.), safety in, around and on the way to educational facilities, improving sanitation facilities, and special learning initiatives for the retention of marginalised girls, boys and young people;
- Improve the quality of learning in education and training, ensuring it supports employability and is relevant to the 21st century economy;
- Support entrepreneurial and financial skills development, in conjunction with equal access to economic resources (capital, land and markets) for young women.
Partners for a Green Transition
- Promote green skills in formal and informal education and training, and encourage girls and young women’s participation in these subjects;
- Support green jobs and green entrepreneurship that contribute to preserving or restoring the environment in existing industries or new green sectors.
Partners for a Digital and Data Transformation
- Mainstream digital literacy and skills in education;
- Promote girls and young women’s participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) subjects, including by addressing gender biases and occupational stereotypes in curricula and training materials.
Partners for peace, security, governance and resilience
- Ensure that in fragile settings and in situations of forced displacement, girls and young women have access to education and training opportunities including vocational, life skills and language training, and address genderbased barriers:
- Support the recognition of previous qualifications for displaced young people.