The seventh module of the One Year Training Programme for Afghanistan, titled Week 7: Gender and Labour towards Empowering Women in Fragile Settings took place in New Delhi on 19-23 September 2017 thanks to a fruitful cooperation between the ITCILO, VV Giri National Labour Institute, and ILO India and ILO Kabul.
The training has given participants the opportunity to discuss the key concepts and definitions related to gender and labour, and provided insights into trends, roles, and invisible barriers to accessing the labour markets in fragile settings. Participants were able to analyse supply and demand for women participation in labour markets and to compare approaches and policies for women empowerment in specific cultural contexts. In particular, on the second day of training, a panel discussion addressed macro and micro approaches to women empowerment, with the participation of Ms. Ankita Upreti Sibal of SEWA, the Self-Employed Women Association; Dr Rishi Raj Singh, Director of Training at the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development; and Ms. Ratna Anjan Jena, Statistical Adviser on Gender Issues and SDGs, Ministry of Women and Child Development. Participants were thus able to gain some useful insights into best practice on women empowerment in the region.
In addition, three study visits took place over the course of the training module to maximize the international exposure, to provide inspiration, and to facilitate knowledge exchange between participants and their organizations and local Indian TVET institutes and research facilities. The group visited the IL&FS industrial training institute in New Delhi, then the National Vocational Training Institute for Women in Noida, then closed the tour at the VV Giri National Labour Institute (one of the implementing partners of the One Year Training Programme) where the delegation met the Director General Dr H. Srinivas and the faculty.
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