International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022

On International Women’s Day we imagine a gender equal world and take action for equality.

Build It is committed to help #BreakTheBias. The launch of our new ‘Women into Work’ programme means we take a significant step forward in achieving gender equality. It means we aim for an equal number of men and women to go through our training by 2024.

Zambia faces a major challenge in creating employment opportunities for its young and growing population. Youth unemployment rate is high at 33.8% for young men, and even higher at 42.7% for young women.

Our training is aligned with the needs of employers, and gives young people skills that are in demand across local labour markets.

Through our Women into Work programme we will improve our recruitment process and provide tailored career support so that more young women access our training.

Female trainees at the Centre for Excellence

We will develop female-focused skills courses to increase entrepreneurial and formal employment income. The first course will be piloted later this year.

We have established positive links and relationships across the construction sector. We want to build on these to increase the number of employers supporting our female trainees with work placements, equal pay and career progression. We will support female friendly and safe workplaces.

“Every woman has the right to opportunity and manifestation of her full potential. We champion learning and working environments that support, respect and value the skills and achievements of women, in particular in the construction sector. 

Thank you to all the women in Build Its programmes for their courage in striving for true empowerment.”

Sughra Hussain, Build It Country Director

Sughra Hussain at the Centre for Excellence

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about our Women into Work programme.

Thank you for your support. Together we can #BreakTheBias