Women & Youth

Working with women & youth


PAFDESO works to provide women and young people with access to resources, employment, and education to reduce inequality and to promote their full participation in their community. Research has shown that countries with greater gender equality experience more rapid economic growth, greater agricultural productivity, and improved food security. Increasing girls’ and women’s education and access to resources improves the education and health of their families. Women and youth can also play critical roles as advocates for peace and as community leaders and champions of human rights. We employ inclusive and participatory methods to reach youth, including those that are most vulnerable and susceptible to poverty, disease and violence. By implementing youth-focused programs in economic development, health, conflict mitigation and civic engagement, Global Communities enables youth to reach greater potential and secure a healthier, more sustainable future. Employment and Access to Services We are focusing to work with local partners to strengthen the capacity of women and youth to participate in the mainstream economy. These include workforce development and training programs specifically targeted to the needs of women business ownersor young entrepreneurs, credit and savings products tailored to women and youth, and value chain analyses that examine employment potential for these two groups. Prevention of Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking Through community-based activities and partnerships, PAFDESO is aiming to work to reduce gender-based violence and human trafficking, especially in post-conflict situations. We use locally appropriate methods to raise awareness among women and men about the long-term negative effects of such violence. The Future of Governance By engaging youth in the process of governance, we build a solid foundation for future leaders and contribute to establishing a stable and prosperous future for their countries.