UNRWA’s Young Women Leaders Program
In Gaza, with the economy at the brink of almost total collapse and unemployment rates among the highest in the world, youth stand out as the most affected. Young women of graduate age face the highest rate of unemployment. Educated, but without the skills and experience needed by the labour market, many women graduates are left outside the workforce with few hopes for the future. UNRWA’s Young Women Leaders Programme (YWLP) is a project designed to empower and build the capacity of these unemployed young female graduates. The programme aims to close the skills-gap between the labour market and the educated labour force ensuring women are developing transferrable skills and experience needed in the job sector. Through leadership and self-development coaching, advanced training in computers, English and management combined with work placement schemes, the YWLP fosters the resource young women in Gaza carry and nurtures their productive agency to become empowered young leaders in their communities while at the same time contributing to the recovery of the economy of Gaza.