Roya Mahboob knew that she wanted to build a career in technology from the first time she set her eyes on a computer in the only internet cafe in Herat, Afghanistan, when she was 16 years old. In 2010, at the age of 23 she became the first tech chief executive in Afghanistan when she founded Afghan Citadel Software (ACS) with the aim of involving more women in her country's growing technology business. "We are not thinking, we are not supposed to do critical thinking," says Mahboob, discussing the way she and many women grew up in Afghanistan.
In developing countries, girls’ jobs are often vulnerable, informal and unprotected. Girls are more likely to be paid lower wages - if they are paid at all - and the first to lose their jobs. At current rates, the World Economic Forum estimates that it will take over a century to close the gender pay gap. Investing in girls’ economic empowerment is essential to achieving gender equality and helping girls to reach their potential. Enabling them to learn, lead, decide and thrive can transform lives, communities and entire countries.
The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
2015 was a year for global progress in development policy. The ratification of the Paris Agreement marked the first unified, global effort to set targets to combat climate change. In 2015, UN member states also agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 17 universal targets that will guide policies, investments, and political agendas across the globe. The SDGs explicitly focus on economic development and reducing inequality, as well as specific sectors like energy, water, and agriculture.
INCLUDE, The Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies
There are many challenges involved in making agriculture more attractive to women and young people. Nevertheless, there is also much optimism and many initiatives taking place to overcome these challenges, as evidenced by the widely appreciated panel discussion on ‘Jobs for women and young people – the transformative potential of agribusiness’ co-hosted by INCLUDE at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Lusaka, Zambia on 23 May. Centred on the topic of agribusiness, this panel of experts discussed how agriculture can be transformed into a more productive sector and how it can create more employment for youth and women.
Mobile phone ownership gives women the ability to open a mobile phone-based bank account, an important gateway to financial independence. A private account gives women in developing nations control over their money as well as the ability to put food on the family table. A mobile phone also gives women the ability to open a business in a remote village, without having to trek to a distant city to register that business. And, with a phone, women in developing countries can more easily schedule a clinic appointment or register their children for school.
On 8th March 2016, Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate women’s day under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. Although Uganda has made major strides towards gender equality, having achieved a Gender Parity Index (GPI)1 of 1 in primary school enrolment, the struggle for equality in the labour market is still an uphill task. Findings from the 2015 School to Work Transition Survey (SWTS) conducted by Uganda Bureau of Statistics and ILO reveal that young women (15-29 years) are faced with a number of disadvantageous gaps in the labour market: higher unemployment rates, wage gaps, higher shares in vulnerable employment and longer school-to-work transitions.
Washington Post, Wonk Blog
“Surprisingly,” the report reads, “young women identified finding a higher paying job, a lack of learning and development, and a shortage of interesting and meaningful work as the primary reasons why they may leave.” The No. 1 response from millennial women: "I have found a job that pays more elsewhere." In other words, they were frustrated with a lack of money and promotions. "Don’t assume we want to become mothers. And if we already are mothers, don’t assume that we’d rather have fewer hours or responsibilities.
International Development Research Centre
The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GROW) program is jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). GROW aims to generate new knowledge about women's economic empowerment, gender equality, and economic growth in low-income countries. The goal: to support policies and interventions that improve women's livelihoods and contribute to societal well-being.
The World Bank
Development happens through jobs. They allow families to escape poverty, individuals to develop skills, and excluded groups such as women and youth to gain economic independence. This blog presents solutions that will lead to more, better and inclusive jobs brings by presenting ideas and perspectives from global thought leaders on the jobs challenge. The most recent World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report found that while over the past 10 years 250 million more women have entered the labor force, women’s average annual earnings today remain a decade behind men’s.
The Japanese Association of University Women (JAUW)
The Japanese Association of University Women (JAUW) is accepting fellowship applications from women students/researchers to study or conduct research at any of the host institutions in Japan. The 2016 JAUW International Fellowship Program offers core funding to pursue the ongoing study/research. All the applications must be submitted by March 31, 2016. All the Application documents must be typed in English written, and/or if written in any other language(s), will not be reviewed.