The event will be co-organised by EUROsociAL Programme and the EU-LAC Foundation. It will serve as a platform to present and discuss among organizations, authorities and other entities related to the topic on both regions.
EUROsociAL+ and the EU-LAC Foundation collected information on inclusion of women, especially young women, in the labour market in LAC and the EU. The initiative started due to concerns over the low rates of stable employment among young people in both regions. In the EU, 43% of young adults worked under a short-term contract in 2014; while in LAC, 38% of young employees lived under poverty in 2016. Furthermore, poverty and access to social security are clearly gender biased. In 2014, 42% of young women were employed against 62% of men in LAC. At the same time in the EU, 45% of women were employed against 49% of men.
The search for “good practices and innovations to include young women in the labour market” in both regions enriches the discussion among countries of the EU and LAC interested in the topic of gender equality and youth. The experiences collected serve as examples of successful attempts of inclusion and can be adapted to different contexts. Moreover, the organisations recognised can lead the discussion on what works in terms of opportunities for young women in both regions.
Twenty-eight initiatives from 14 countries responded to the call. All of them were analysed by an expert team and 10 were chosen as the best practices. Videos were made on these initiatives and will be presented in a meeting among the participating organisations in September. EUROsociAL+ and the EU-LAC Foundation will host a sharing event in Mexico City to allow discussion among the participants and motivate reflection on the different practices around the world. Both entities hope to enhance the links between organisations in both regions and promote bi-regional cooperation to achieve equality of opportunities regardless of age or gender.