Looking forward to #ArabDev Chat Week 4!
We thank our partners and supporters for this weeks chat: Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (www.tomorrowsyouth.org), Ashoka Arab World (www.ashoka.org), Education for Employment Foundation (http://efefoundation.org), Youth based group Arab Development Initiative (arabdevelopment.com), Pitapolicy Consulting (www.pitapolicy.com)
As we prepare of the chat tomorrow, here are some stats and useful readings/links:
- Lebanon: women make up 54% of university students, but only 26% of the labor force and 8% of legislators, senior officials and managers
- Qatar: has the region’s second highest % of women in higher education — 63% of the university population, and 93% literacy among women. However, women make up just 12% of the labor force and only 7% of legislators, senior officials and managers.
- Compared to: In Europe and the United States, women also make up the majority of university graduates — 60% according to the European Union and U.S. Department of Education. However, women made up 40.5% of the global labor force in 2008, according to International Labor Organization statistics.
Above stats via United Nations Statistics Division (source: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/01/world/meast/middle-east-women-education/index.html)
Globally: 43% of the world’s population is under 25. Number of young people is rising fastest in those parts of the world with the lowest economic growth.
Stats via our Chat Partner: Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (http://www.tomorrowsyouth.org)
- Two thirds (2/3) of the Middle East’s population is under 25 years old, but nearly 1 and 4 youths (23%) are unemployed.
- More than 60% of Middle Eastern refugees are under the age of 25, while 80% are unemployed.
USEFUL REPORT: The Silatech Index: Voices of Young Arabs
The Silatech Index: Voices of Young Arabs, a Silatech study prepared in partnership with Gallup, measures and analyzes attitudes of young Arabs with respect to their hopes and desires in life, human capital, work, entrepreneurship, and obstacles to success.
Download report for free: http://www.gallup.com/poll/120758/Silatech-Index-Voices-Young-Arabs.aspx
Want a print copy for your organization? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
RT @Rowaida_Abdel #Egypt 2 sign US $200 million #WorldBank loan for small projects through Social Development Fund 2 create #jobs #ArabDev #MENA
Oman plans to spend $1 billion from its oil windfall to create jobs for its citizens over the next 12 months via finance ministry. The government says that through state spending and economic policies, it has created over 50,000 jobs between May last year and June this year. There are currently about 22,000 Omani citizens looking for jobs, out of a total of roughly 2 million. Source: https://www.arabfinance.com/News/newsdetails.aspx?Id=234545
WHAT DOES ALL THE ABOVE MEAN FOR EDUCATION, FAMILIES, JOBS, HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY? Add your voice to the discussion tomorrow, Thursday August 16 at 3 pm EST.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION FOR YOUTH:
#UN Global #Youth Forum, International Conference on Population & #Development @Dec 4-6 2012, Bali Indonesia. If you are an Arab Youth attending, we’d love to hear from you! email@example.com
Learn more about conference and how to apply: http://www.un-ngls.org/gyf/en/
via Peace and Collaborative Development Network
For more resources and opportunities visit our resource page on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/ArabDiaspora/) and facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArabEmpowerment)