The Employability and Leadership Program for Young Women in a Vulnerability Situation seeks to develop capacities for employability, leadership and community transformation in female students of the last levels of schools located in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Costa Rica. The Program seeks to directly impact 200 young women in 4 high-risk communities, which have been declared a priority because of their fragile socioeconomic context.
The situation is particularly challenging for young women, who in almost all regions of the world are much more prone to unemployment than the male population. According to UN Women, the wage gap between men and women is estimated at 23%. Between 1995 and 2015, the global rate of participation of women in the labor force fell from 52.4% to 49.6%. According to the ILO, the probability of women participating in the labor market is still almost 27 percentage points lower than that of men.
The Program seeks to build the capacity of the participants in three key areas: strengthening of competencies for: 1. Employability, 2. leadership and 3. community development. The program has a participatory methodology, which is implemented through the development of workshops with each group of young women twice a month, ending with a vocational tour. Finishing with a process of leadership and entrepreneurship, give accompaniment in the development of a project in their communities.
The sustainability of the project focuses on building capacities in young women, through training and empowerment activities.