One third of young women employed before the pandemic had not worked since January 2021 due to the impact of Covid-19.
The unemployment rate after the pandemic is three times higher in women at 29% than in men at 11%.
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Among those who found work later, income recovery fell by 21 percent for young women and by 10 percent for young men by January 2021.
The above data were presented by Dr. Imran Matin, Executive Director of the Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), in an online seminar today.
The online seminar, entitled “Building a resilient ecosystem for women in the field of skills: challenges and prospects”, organized the online seminar as part of the celebration of “World Youth Skills Day”, which takes place on July 15.
Respondents in the study noted that tutoring, crafts, factory work, sewing and light engineering are among the areas in which many young women used to find work, but these are among the areas most affected by economy in the pandemic.
Respondents also believe that recovering in these specific areas will be difficult and time consuming even when the pandemic is over, making it difficult for young women to return to paid work.
Citing research findings, Dr Matin said a large number of working women who have not been paid for so long could cause many of them to leave the job market permanently, which could further reduce the already low participation rate. women in the labor market.
The Covid-19 shock could threaten to undo much of the progress made on women’s empowerment unless remedial action is taken, she added.
In the webinar, the speakers highlighted the growing awareness of the importance of technical and vocational education and the training and development of other skills related to both local and global economies.
Joydeep Sinha Roy, head of operations at Brac SDP, presented the findings from SDP implementation experiences over the years at the event.
The presentation highlighted that culture and traditional gender roles, gender stereotypes, lack of career guidance, security concerns, in particular fear of gender-based violence and sexual harassment, family responsibilities and mood apprenticeships are the main barriers for girls and young women access to learning skills.
The director of the Brac Program for Gender, Justice and Diversity, Nobonita Chowdhury, stressed that it brings a change in the design of appropriate interventions. “Instead of planning separate interventions, we should focus on carrying out integrated interventions in line with the integration of women’s empowerment in various areas,” she said.
ILO (M&E) Skills 21 Project Officer Tahmid Arif said, “Changing the mindset is vital not only for young women’s skills training but also for employment. Training is not enough. We must also ensure that those who receive training also receive a job opportunity and the opportunity must be sustainable. “
Pointing to the harsh impact of Covid-19 on the female workforce, the Neda Society ED Jahanara Beauty said, “During the pandemic, many employers chose to keep men instead of young women in informal sectors. As many women had to leave work “It affected not only their income or employment, but also the surrounding conditions. There was a sharp decline in their savings, while violence against women increased and child marriage cases increased dramatically.”