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Vocational and career training has been a major factor in some countries that have successful women’s empowerment programs in developing economies, including Brazil, Colombia, Pakistan, and South Africa. For example, in Cameroon’s “Gender Equality through pieces of training for Employment” project (GET Training), the government selected young women for training in sustainable economic activities such as carpentry and tailoring. Twenty-seven percent of these female participants reported higher household incomes after taking the training.
Women living outside the rural areas (which are where most of the jobs are in the formal sector) face enormous challenges in getting access to formal employment. Even if they have graduated from school, their grandparents and parents often compel them to get married on reaching puberty. Thus what little access women may have had to education is lost as early as at 10-12 years age group. It is a tremendous shame that we don’t give our girls an opportunity to choose the future they wish for themselves. Training and employment opportunities are key to poverty alleviation. Vocational training helps women to acquire skills, which in turn enables them to access decent jobs. When women have jobs, they improve their incomes, with additional earnings from the second job helping to raise their standard of living.
There are various reasons for women to consider training as a career. The main purpose of this article is to discuss an alternative perspective which states that vocational training for women can contribute to their well-being and sense of empowerment more than any other type of training. This alternative perspective emphasizes the fact that women will be able to adjust the training they receive even if it differs from their usual career path. Many argue that vocational training is unnecessary for women. Women have proven themselves capable in fields traditionally dominated by men. Vocation is not a dead-end for women; indeed, it is one of the most fruitful avenues for advancement in our modern age. Women can attain positions of influence, power, and influence simply by showing up and applying themselves. The flip side of this coin is that the motivation and determination needed to pursue vocations may be harder for some women than others.
An empowered woman can choose an education, work outside the home and develop her femininity through activities that promote peace, passion, happiness, and authenticity. This is achieved by encouraging appreciation for creative work of all kinds as well as a considerate understanding of how every aspect of life impacts others. Through this exploration, women are empowered to make choices that will shape their future in a very productive way.