12.04.2012 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

From school to work: the situation of young women in Lebanon

© UNESCO / Andrew Burton

Within the framework of the project “Supporting Gender Equality in Education in Lebanon”, funded by the Government of Italy, the UNESCO Office in Beirut implemented in 2011 a pilot qualitative field study on “School to work transition for young women in Lebanon”. A national seminar will be organized in Beirut on 11 May 2012 to share the findings and preliminary policy recommendations of the study together with collaboration mechanisms for follow-up research among multi-stakeholders in Lebanon.

Limited access to decent work is one of the major causes of youth marginalization in the Arab States. Young women tend to be more disadvantaged in terms of access to work, and career development and diversity.

The present qualitative field research covers 80 young female fresh graduates from 5 universities in Beirut (Lebanese American University, University of Saint Joseph, Lebanese University, Beirut Arab Universities, American University for Sciences and Technology). Its findings lead to provide preliminary policy recommendations for a more diversified and smoother school to work transition for female university graduates.

The study provides a qualitative approach which can be replicated to address specific types of marginalization (region, schooling levels, disciplines…) in Lebanon (outside Beirut) and in other countries of the Arab region.

UNESCO will also shortly publish an interview with Dr Hassan Hammoud, the lead researcher of the project.

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