Canada grants UNICEF $1.4 million to support Iraqi youth transition to the labor market
In a statement received by Shafak News Agency, UNICEF indicated; The Government of Canada contributed an amount of $1.4 million to UNICEF to support nearly 1,500 young people in Iraq to generate educational and economic opportunities for comprehensive development and participation for a period of two years.
The statement pointed out that UNICEF will support the equal participation of girls in learning, skills development, employability and finding work, which will contribute to their empowerment and expand the options available to them as they transition into adulthood, and this program will support females and males through tailored interventions to move from learning to adulthood. Make a living in Baghdad, Anbar, and Basra.
“With nearly half of Iraq’s population under the age of nineteen, and with nearly a quarter of the population aged between 15 and 24 years old, Iraqi youth are the The backbone of social, economic and political transformation. Through this funding, UNICEF reaffirms its commitment to leaving no one behind, and promoting gender equality to support young people with opportunities that create a better future for themselves and their communities."
For his part, Gregory Galligan, Canada's ambassador to Iraq, said: "The prolonged conflict, the economic and social crises in Iraq, and the effects of the Corona pandemic, have severely affected young people. Given the presence of a large number of young people in Iraq, we believe that investing in Youth and enhancing their employability will facilitate their social and economic reintegration, enabling them to contribute to the country’s progress towards peace and prosperity.Canada is pleased to support this UNICEF initiative to enhance the economic and civic engagement of young, vulnerable and marginalized boys and girls in Iraq, and help them become agents of change in their lives and their communities,” according to the statement.
The statement added that “restrictions on learning, engagement and participation in the labor market multiply when girls experience and experience them. There are additional constraints and vulnerabilities for them such as conservative social norms, early marriage and pregnancy, domestic responsibilities, the threat of gender-based violence, fewer opportunities to attend school, and limited access to school. "Access to services to be financially independent, as well as legal barriers to the labor market and other economic freedoms. The ultimate goal of the project is for girls to act as innovators of egalitarian and empowered societies, propose and participate in designing and leading positive development, and serve as role models for other girls and boys."
He stressed that "the project will be implemented through a life skills citizenship education framework that builds youth skills related to learning, employment, empowerment and active citizenship, while supporting innovative initiatives led by youth, and raising their voices to empower them to become agents of change within their communities."
The statement continued; In order to promote the project and ensure sustainability, UNICEF will provide technical assistance to government stakeholders, including the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and their governorate directorates, to build their capacity on a gender-based approach, as well as concepts related to youth development and participation to deliver Effective Relationship Services for the Most Vulnerable Youth, Especially Girls.
The statement explained; With these funds, UNICEF and Canada aim to unlock the potential of young people in Iraq by accelerating progress in improving their learning and employability skills. The project will continue to encourage youth economically, personally and socially in order to increase learning and empower youth as a tool to ensure equality for all.”
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