60 youth from across the Gaza Strip have started their economic empowerment journey eight months ago, as part of the project “Economic Empowerment for Youth With and Without Disabilities”, funded by Muslim Aid. This project aims at enabling Palestinian youth to become independent income generators in the local and international markets. The trainees have successfully completed TVET courses in six different fields (wood-working, food production, sweets making, embroidery and sewing, graphic and video making, in addition to make-up and hairdressing). The trainees are currently putting their learning into practice through a 3-month paid internship with private sector employers. Meanwhile, they are working with a business consultant to prepare for launching their own small businesses at the end of the project. The trainees will also receive training on digital marketing to be equipped with the needed skills for marketing their products and services. This project responds to the UNCRPD’s inclusive approach of promoting, protecting, and ensuring the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. Moreover, the project aligns with SDG 1 “NO POVERTY”, SDG 4 “QUALITY EDUCATION”, SDG 5 “GENDER EQUALITY”, SDG 8 “DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH”, SDG 10 “REDUCED INEQUALITIES”, SDG 17 “PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS”.
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