The case for investing in women has never been more urgent. One of the learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic is that women and young people are in fact last in line when it comes to job security and that every barrier keeping young people out of work is higher and harder for young women.

Facilitated by Zengeziwe Msimang, this conversation unpacks the staggering inequalities and barriers that have been brought into sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ll use this opportunity to collaboratively discuss barriers young women face, and the solutions that are needed to support young women’s equal participation in and contribution to society, in this, the year in which we celebrate African icon Charlotte Maxeke.

Watch the Director General of the Department of Public Service and Administration, Yoliswa Makhasi, and the Chief Executive Officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Maryana Iskander, in a live webinar in which they discuss the impact of youth unemployment on young women:

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