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My husband didn't allow me to go out and explore the world. I formed my own world within the boundaries I live in. I make various types of jute products; this is the way I chose to explore myself and I discovered creativity. My favourite jute product is the ladies bag.


Empower Youth for Work (EYW) started on 1 July 2016 and is a five-year programme, funded by the IKEA Foundation. The programme focuses on enabling young people (especially young women) in rural climate-affected areas of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Ethiopia to seek and obtain decent work. Working with a wide range of stakeholders (including young people, government and the private sector), the programme applies a holistic approach to tackle issues of gender-based discrimination, sexual reproductive health, and quality education—all of which impact young people in making choices about employment. The programme activities promote climate-friendly practices and support young people and their communities in adapting to the effects of climate change. Through the use of human-centred design techniques, we involve stakeholders in the development and implementation of activities.

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Read the latest news, personal stories, research and other information from the Empower Youth for Work programme.

  • Women’s Day Special #SheChangesLives

      International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. On this day, The Empower Youth…

  • Pakistan Launches Innovation Hub

    With more than 500 attended the opening ceremony, the launch of the first Innovation Hub in Layyah is a successful next step in empowering youth in their economic development. The Organization…

  • New Year, New Update!

    Firstly, the Empower Youth for Work programme team wishes you a Happy New Year! The Oxford Dictionary defined 2017 with one word: Youthquake. Noun. A significant cultural, political, or social…

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Empower Youth for Work is a five-year programme that focuses on enabling young people in the rural areas of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Ethiopia to work.