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Assessment of Gender Disparities in Skills Development Opportunities

Partner: ILO

Year: 2010

Locale: Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar

Team Member: Gulbaz Ali Khan


Prevalence of gender disparities in skill development opportunities in the technical and vocational education and training system and the job market is a known reality in Pakistan. Since the creation of Pakistan, girls and women have had to face limited access to education and skills. Women have been generally associated with a low level of skills, especially since their work is often regarded as an extension of their reproductive and domestic roles. Their work-both paid unpaid is thus undervalued and in many instances under enumerated. In instances, where women have skills, then they have limited and less attractive choices in the labor market. They often find themselves in jobs traditionally associated with women, not just because they are considered to be the weaker sex, through ingrained cultural traditions and beliefs, but also because they generally gain access to skill training opportunities within a limited range of occupations.

It is in this context That International Labour Organisation (ILO) entrusted SDPI to assess gender disparity in skills development opportunities in three provincial capitals i.e. Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar. The assessment is mapping the existing employment opportunities available to girls and women within the respective district.

The target stakeholders will be training (public and private sectors) job providers or employment exchanges in public and private sectors and beneficiaries who are either trained or intend to get trained (preferably an equal number of men and women). These stakeholders will identify gender issues regarding appropriateness of skills / trainings to facilitate accessibility to the job market.

Methodological framework or instruments for data collection of the research study is based on Collection and Review of Secondary data, Collection of Primary data, Consultative/Stakeholders Workshops, Focus Group Discussions (FGD’s),Key Informant Interviews (KII’s) and case studies. The findings of the study would not only help ILO in its future interventions to reduce gender disparities in skill development opportunities but will also be forwarded to relevant policy makers for their attention.

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Safwan A.Khan , Vaqar Ahmed