Introduction

Access to Employment is the opportunity for a person to secure and retain gainful employment for themselves without fear of discrimination on the grounds of  disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion and sexual orientation.

Factors like high illiteracy rates, employer bias, lack of accessible education and training opportunities has resulted in large unemployment numbers for Youth with Disabilities (YWDs) in Africa.

AYWDN aims to address employment inequity that has long being experienced by YWDs in Africa by working in partnership with employers in the private and public sectors to ensure that there are equitable employment opportunities, representation, distribution and retention of YWDs at every level of the workforce.

The Network will also work to secure funding and entrepreneurial training for YWDs in Africa who have viable business proposals and would like to start a business or are struggling to sustain an existing one because of lack of ongoing training and support.

Program Goal

To achieve equality in the workplace and support in the informal sector so that Youth with Disabilities in Africa are not denied employment or business start up opportunities for reasons unrelated to their abilities.

Program Objective

To work collaboratively with a cross section of employers in the private and public sectors, financial institutions to develop solutions aimed at removing barriers that  hinder Youth with Disabilities (YWDs) in Africa from accessing employment opportunities and services or securing start up loans, ongoing entrepreneurial training and support for their new viable businesses or existing ones.

Program Output

  • Increased employment opportunities and services for Youth with Disabilities in Africa.
  • Business loans, ongoing technical support and entrepreneurial training for Youth with Disabilities in Africa planning to start a viable business in the informal sector.
  • Accessible employment facilities for Youth with Disabilities in Africa.
  • Ongoing employment support services and training for African Youth with Disabilities in the private and public sectors.
  • Equality, inclusion and representation of African Youth with Disabilities in the workforce.
  • Increased engagement of African Youth with Disabilities in viable and meaningful business ventures.
  • Existing government policies reviewed to ensure stringent laws are implemented to protect the rights of African Youth with Disabilities in the labour market.
  • Ongoing Research, Documentation and Dissemination of information on Access to Employment for Youth with Disabilities in Africa.