Gender and Skills for Green Jobs

Male and female pupils are sitting on the floor and preponderantly clapping their hands.

“A Green Economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities” (UNEP). 

The South African government expects to create 300,000 new jobs related to climate and the environment by 2020. This is a great opportunity for social improvement, including for more gender equality. But looking at the green economy worldwide, it is mainly men who are benefiting from increasing job opportunities in the green sector. How can we make sure that women benefit in the same way as men from the newly created job opportunities?

In this context, the Skills for Green Jobs (S4GJ) programme aims at enhancing inter alia green skills development for both women and men and demand for green skills in the labour market.

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