UNESCO steps up efforts to increase women entry in skills training

Young women performing mechanical work at a workshop in Lilongwe. Photo credit: UN
Young women performing mechanical work at a workshop in Lilongwe. Photo credit: UN

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is supporting the Malawi Government to increase the proportion of women acquiring technical and vocational skills in the country.

The work, which aims to break down gender stereotypes regarding career choices, is part of the Skills and Technical Education Programme (STEP), a new initiative in Malawi implemented by UNESCO and funded by the European Union (EU).

To create a better image of the trades and to encourage more young women to enter technical training courses, UNESCO is working with Sangie and Robert Chiwamba, an award winning musical artist and well known poet respectively, to break down stereotypes that limit women’s career choices.

Click here to watch a music video by Sangie featuring Robert Chiwamba produced as part of the STEP initiative to encourage more women to enter vocational skills training. Below are some of the lyrics for the music video.

Ngwazi Zazikazi – Bold Woman

They say am a woman
Am not supposed to do some of these jobs
Am supposed to be at home
But I can be anything I want
I can have any career I want
I can be a soldier, plumber, even a pilot too
There are women electricians and politicians…
So ama stand strong (coz am a Ngwazi)

Music video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAJyFtQ8Kq0&feature=youtu.be