More than a third—34%—of young women in developing countries are jobless, out of the labor force and not in school (World Bank, 2014). Although the gender gap in school enrollment has been closing, the gender gap in labor force participation is on the rise.

Labour supply in Nigeria is characterized by an abundance of unemployed and underemployed workers, mostly in the agriculture and informal sectors, low productivity, and by a serious shortage of skilled workers and technicians in the industrial and service sectors.

Over 60 percent of the labour force is classified as unskilled and untrained. Of the 120,000 graduates produced annually from the tertiary institutions in Nigeria, only 10 percent find jobs in the formal sector. The inactivity rate (1995) for the age group from 25 to 54 years was 24.9%.

Youth unemployment is estimated to be around 1.2% among the 15-19 year age group. Many school leavers have difficulty finding employment in urban areas because they lack adequate job skills, while employers experience difficulties in recruiting skilled workers and production technicians.

Skill and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development of any country. The economy becomes more productive, innovative and competitive through the existence of more skilled human potential. Women are the most vibrant and dynamic segment as well as potentially most valuable human resources.

Hence, through its empowerment initiative, SIGCLE wishes to:

To provide school dropout (girls, women) and physically challenged persons with vocational, entrepreneurial and MSME skills and opportunities that will enable them to be economically self-reliant;

To facilitate greater support to rural communities through collaborations with government institutions and agencies at all levels, and development partners in implementing and monitoring their socio-economic programmes and projects at the grassroots.

To provide socio-economic empowerment for all disadvantaged women in rural communities.

To provide essential support and empowerment for all physically challenged persons in rural communities

Among our intervention in this area include:

  • Skill acquisition and Women empowerment program for 40 women in Adavi community, and okehu community in Kogi State, and Lugbe in FCT Abuja in collaboration with National Directorate of Employment    2017
  • Skill acquisition and Empowerment of 20 women in Pegi community, Kuje Area Council.  2016