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.
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 discussion will feature two panel sessions;
- The first panel will comprise of female Business Executives who will explore the challenges they face in employing women
- 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