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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

    • The Bureau for Gender Equality (http://www.ilo.org/gender/lang--en/index.htm)The Bureau for Gender Equality of International labour Organization supports and advises constituents and Office staff at headquarters and in the field on matters concerned with promoting and advocating for gender equality in the world of work.
    • The Australian WAVE network of women involved in TVET (http://www.wave.org.au/)WAVE is a national network of women involved in VET, ACE and the broad field of work-related education and training.
    • United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/)UNDAW advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world, and the achievement of their equality with men –as equal actors, partners, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, peace and security.
    • UNESCO Gender in Education Website (http://www.unescobkk.org/education/programmes/gender-in-education). Gender is one of UNESCO's priority areas
    • FAWA Forum for Afriacan Women Educationlists (http://www.fawe.org/about/index.php). FAWE is a pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation working in 32 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education.



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    Article: Gender issues and TVET last changed on 18.10.2010 18:02 by Taiye Aro
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