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I feel valued that I have been consulted and given a chance to be engaged in the process of story collection. These are our stories and my engagement has really helped me understand how stories work and what they can do for the lives of young people.

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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.

  • Mentorship: a lantern of hope

    Many women in Pakistan want to master the world by starting a business. 86% of them are eager to learn new skills, preferably in the non-traditional areas of work. However, taking the few first steps can be extremely challenging. One way…

  • Honoring mothers for all they do

    On Sunday, Mother's Day will be celebrated in several countries around the world. A day for children and husbands to honor mothers and grandmothers for all they do in raising children. 23 year old Rumi…

  • Youth empowerment extends beyond mere employment

    Meet Fareeha Ali Yahya. This 26 year old is the new Media and Communications Officer at Oxfam in Pakistan. Together with her team she joined the three-day Influencing Strategy Development…

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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.