“Empower Youth for Work” will promote a positive enabling environment for youth, especially for young women, to thrive them achieving their potential and contributing to their social and economic development. Young people especially young women residing in rural areas will be empowered through SRHR right based education followed by entrepreneurial skills education to earn a sustainable livelihood.
The program will focus on communities that are hit hardest by climate change, hence Oxfam has selected specific rural areas i.e. districts Layyah and Jamshoro of Punjab and Sindh provinces where extreme climatic changes and disasters such as floods and drought prevails and where a huge bulk of youth with limited or no economic opportunities resides.
Through integrated and innovative approaches this project involves collaboration with stakeholders in the private, public and civil society sectors to create new, improved and sustainable models for youth inclusion in employment, training, youth group support, business development services and access to finance as well as community and mass media campaigning activities designed to change norms and policy that hinder opportunities for youth.
Youth will be co-creators and co-implementers. Through the civil society partners, close linkages with the private sector and the government will be ensured, skills training will be adopted within local structures and new innovative social enterprises. Unemployment will be tackled through improved private sector practice, increased market access, and new enterprise development. Hence an enabling social environment will be created through grassroots and mass media action. Rural young women will represent 70% of beneficiaries.