Discrimination and harmful social norms, particularly gender norms, affect us from childhood and disproportionately impact girls. Gender inequality persists across the lifecycle, accompanying girls into adulthood and impacting their ability to make decisions, access education and training, secure decent work, challenge gender stereotypes, reach senior positions, and be paid a living wage.
A lifecycle approach that tackles discrimination from birth, overcomes barriers, and offers support and opportunity at each life stage, is vital to enable young people to become economically empowered and to break the economic dependence experienced by many girls and women.
When girls, boys, women, and men are empowered with the skills they need to scale through life, they are enabled to support themselves, their families, and their communities.
At CADEF, through our livelihood and empowerment programmes, we increase and improve young people’s access to financial services, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and employment skills training.
Investing in girls’ economic empowerment is essential to achieving gender equality. Enabling girls to learn throughout their lives and develop key skills can transform lives, communities, and entire countries.