Bridging the gap for African Women in Business : Access to jobs


According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) “Development happens through jobs” and that work provides a way out for the poor, jobs contribute to economic growth and are necessary for sustainable prosperity, inclusion as well as social cohesion[1].

The ILO cautions that “the challenge of job creation will remain well beyond 2015” however that a confluence of crises that have included financial, food fuel and environmental has meant that many countries have not been able to address job shortages.

This situation is compounded by population growth and the ILO estimates that 45-50 million new jobs will be required each year for the next ten years to address unemployment especially amongst the youth.

In addition, rural to urban migration is on the increase and this impacts women  and girls the most especially those with little or no education as the types of jobs they can access in towns and cities is limited. The ILO therefore calls on the international community to make the creation of jobs in the post 2015 agenda a priority.

Within that context, the focus of this year’s event is the availability of jobs for African women as well as the ability of African women in business to create jobs for others.

The conference will be in the format of workshops for women and a business discussion on 6th March 2014. Women business owners will be invited to discuss their contribution to the creation of jobs in Uganda as well as what can be done to ensure that women can access good quality jobs.

The discussion will feature two panel sessions;

  1. The first panel will comprise of female Business Executives who will explore the challenges they face in employing women
  2. The second panel will comprise young women aged between 20 and 30 who will explore challenges that young women face accessing jobs as well as how this age group can contribute to job creation in the future

For more detailed information and to register for this information visit the events page



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Constructing the bike repair workshop

Ride 4 Woman- Ruhanga
Ride 4 Woman- Ruhanga

There are some worrying statistics about job prospects for young people in Africa. Here are some from the latest report on jobs by the European Centre for Development Policy Management

    1. Unemployment in Sub Saharan Africa is 7.6%
    2. Youth unemployment in SSA is 11.7%
    3. Half of the unemployed youth in african countries are young women
    4. Africa’s education system needs to be overhauled as there is a mismatch between the skills gap and what is being taught in African schools
    5. 10-12 million youth enter the job market in african countries each year
    6. Africa’s young will double from today’s 200 million to 400 million in 2045
    7. 40 million young people in African countries are estimated to be in poor employment or unemployment
    8. within the next ten years 130 million young people will be leaving the education system and looking for jobs
    9. 80% of job seekers find themselves in informal employment, self employment and or family employment
    10. in 2011 82% of African workers were classified by the ILO as working poor


Ride 4 a Woman- Ruhanga SW Uganda
Girls in rural areas are especially vulnerable to unemployment and it is for that reason that we are doing whatever we can to ensure that when girls leave our school in Ruhanga, they will also take with them skills that they can use in the jobs market. The first of those initiatives sees girls learning how to repair bikes. A few days ago work started on the construction of a permanent workshop that will serve as vocational centre for other skills including sewing, hairdressing, car mechanics.

Most importantly we cannot do this without your help so please get in touch if you can help with any our plans


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