Women defy gender norms, access vocational training on hard labour occupations in Ethiopia
The International Labour Organization (ILO) and its partners have introduced tailored courses, empowering refugee and host community members to gain professional skills and pursue meaningful careers.
Jigjiga, ETHIOPIA (ILO News) – To equip host and refugee community members with professional skills, the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Somali Regional Skills and Job Creation Bureau, Jigjiga Polytechnic College (JPTC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) introduced a range of in-demand vocational trainings courses in Ethiopia.
Shukri Tahir, a 30-year-old Ethiopian, completed her secondary school in Dire Dawa and went on to study Construction Management Technology at Addis Ababa University. After graduation, among the range of skill trainings available, she chose to enroll in the cobblestone surfacing training. In a class full of men, her presence did raise a few eyebrows. She took a three-month specialized training in cobblestone surfacing organized by German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Federal Government and had since been a trainer at the JPTC. Till date, she has trained eleven batches of youths on cobblestone surfacing.