2011 gender report cover

Youth and Skills

Despite advances towards gender parity in primary schools in many countries, significant gender gaps remain. Progress towards gender equality continues to be held back by discrimination in education and the workplace.

A history of neglecting education has left a skills deficit among young people now facing the world of work, with young women the worst affected of all. 116 million young women aged 15-24 in developing countries have never completed primary school and lack skills for work.