In an article “Arab Region Universities Tackle Workplace Gender Gap” published on February 23, 2016, U.S. News & World Report featured EFE’s perspective on the role that universities can play in helping young women graduates to transition into the workforce.

EFE President & CEO Jamie McAuliffe outlines the key challenges that many young women face, and ways that universities can help them to navigate successfully through the employment search process. Citing EFE’s 2015 report “First Jobs for Young Women in the Middle East & North Africa: Expectations and Reality,” produced in collaboration with Bayt.com and YouGov, Jamie points out that, "universities that track the employment rate of their graduates are more accountable than those that do not."

You can hear more from Jamie and read the full “Arab Region Universities Tackle Workplace Gender Gap” in U.S. News & World Report here.

On January 7, 2016, the Huffington Post’s international edition WorldPost featured a blog on the economic impact of young women’s employment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). EFE authors Mariel Davis (Manager, Communications & Partnerships) and Ashley Barry (Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) make the case for business investment in better employment opportunities for young women, and present concrete actions that companies can adopt to boost women’s employment.

You can read the full blog here.

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EFE’s mission was highlighted in the winter 2015 Edition of Zenith Magazine. In a detailed article describing the nuances of the Middle East and North Africa’s youth unemployment challenge, Zenith Magazine described EFE’s model for addressing the skills gap by working closely with the private sector.

Many other factors contributing to high unemployment that EFE works to mitigate, such as “wasta” and community and cultural expectations, were also addressed in the report. There is also a need for business organizations and governmental organizations to step up and come up with scalable initiatives to deal with this issue.

An excerpt on “The Hiring Challenge” is available here, and the full report can be downloaded here.

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Media across the Middle East and North Africa have featured findings from First Jobs for Young Women in the Middle East & North Africa: Expectations and Reality, a research study conducted by EFE, Bayt.com and YouGov. You can read coverage in Forbes Middle East, Philanthropy Age, Arabian Business, Zawya, and Al Fanar, among others.

On January 6, 2016, DubaiTV’s Money Map program highlighted findings from “First Jobs for Young Women in the Middle East & North Africa,” a research project between Education For Employment (EFE), Bayt.com and YouGov. The segment shares key findings and proposed solutions from the report on barriers to young women’s employment in the Middle East and North Africa, and highlights EFE’s work linking young women to demand-driven skills and job opportunities.

You can watch the segment here (Arabic).

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