Im­prov­ing vo­ca­tional train­ing for wo­men and girls

In labour markets around the world, inequalities exist between women and men: unequal job opportunities, unequal pay and unequal access to employment and skills.

In vocational training courses, women are severely underrepresented due to legal, economic, political and socio-cultural factors. Better access for women to education and vocational training also increases their opportunities to participate politically, economically and socially. x

Con­di­tions for so­cial par­ti­cip­a­tion:

  • In all vocational training projects, the interests of women and girls must be adequately taken into account through gender-sensitive planning and implementation. x
  • It is important to promote employability and job opportunities for women and girls and to lay the foundations for a system of vocational education and training. Particular attention must be given to girls and women who are refugees and in fragile contexts.

  • German development cooperation is committed to high-quality education, vocational training, improving employment opportunities and reducing structural barriers for women and girls. 

  • This equality must be evident at every level, in legislation as well as in education spending and sectoral reforms. Learning content must also be oriented to the reality of life for both genders – and not just for men.

The aim is to en­sure that edu­ca­tion and train­ing sys­tems in co­oper­at­ing coun­tries are set up to provide equal op­por­tun­it­ies for wo­men and men.

BMZ (2012) Berufliche Bildung in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit


  1. Source: BMZ (2012) Berufliche Bildung in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
  2. Source: BMZ (2012) Berufliche Bildung in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit