British Support for Mozambican Women and Youth (

The British government has launched two new programmes intended to give opportunities to Mozambicans, particularly women and youths, to obtain new jobs, improve their training and increase their incomes, according to a press release from the British Department for International Development (DFID).
The new programmes were announced by the British Minister for International Development, Baroness Lindsay Northover, on her visit to Mozambique last week.
One of the programmes will provide 17 million pounds (about 26 million US dollars) for professional education, combined with support for job-seeking intended to help at least 5,000 young Mozambicans. The training will be directed towards sectors with a major potential for job creation such as construction, agro-business, forestry and industry.
The press release declares that the shortage of skilled workers “is one of the challenges that Mozambique faces to sustain its economic growth. The professional training programme “will bring together providers of professional training and private companies so as to ensure that the training courses are guided by demand and are relevant to the Mozambican job market”.
The British government will spend 14 million pounds on the second programme, aimed at supporting women’s economic empowerment. This is intended to encourage the recruitment of women and retaining them at work.
The programme, according to the press release, “will seek a better understanding of some of the barriers that prevent women from entering the labour market, and help find solutions”.
The objective is to help 10,000 young women in the urban areas to improve their income and job opportunities “so that they have greater control over their lives”.
These new programmes will also support efforts to combat child, premature and forced marriage, by providing girls with alternatives “so that they can take an active part in the economy and emerge from poverty”.
“Fighting against child marriage is not enough”, said Northover. “We need to work with the Mozambican government to ensure that women have other choices and are included in opportunities in the economy”.
Source: Business