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Gender Issues and TVET

Vocational skills development is often considered to be an effective strategy to empower marginalized groups in a society by increasing their employability. At the same time, access to skills training provided by formal technical and vocational training institutions is often limited for these groups. There are various reasons for this, such as insufficient basic education qualifications, direct and indirect costs of enrolment, lack of understanding of the usefulness of training, etc.

Young women from poor communities are especially disadvantaged in this regard, due to community or family beliefs that undermine the potential role women can play to contribute to sustainable and productive livelihoods. Available training opportunities are often confined to ‘feminine’ areas, which may not necessarily lead to profitable work. Even when enrolled in training courses in more male dominated areas, girls and women can face barriers, e.g. when the learning environments are de-motivating and do not take into account their specific needs.

Organizations tackling TVET gender issues



page date 2010-10-18

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