Women Face Unique Challenges Advancing Their Leadership Opportunities

Have you or someone you know faced any of these gender-specific career challenges? TechnoServe is helping women overcome these challenges through a variety of programs around the world.

Woman working hard in Uganda

Starting a small business or finding a job during a global recession isn’t easy for anyone, but women face even more gender-related obstacles to economic empowerment and leadership opportunities. 

Have you or someone you know faced any of these gender-specific career challenges? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, take a look below at what TechnoServe is doing to help. 

In Malawi, TechnoServe is helping women like Victoria Mwafulirwa lead companies to new successes in their shoreline communities through the REFRESH project – all while helping protect the famous Lake Malawi from overfishing and degradation. With a limited number of women working in biodiversity conservation, the leadership training is helping train a new generation of social enterprise entrepreneurs.

Just south of Malawi, in Mozambique, TechnoServe is helping enterprising women like Leila Faquir grow micro-retail businesses in order to support their families. Training through the Business Women Connect program focuses on increasing the financial literacy and business skills of business women, enabling them to be better and more effective leaders of their small and growing businesses. 

A key cause of unemployment among young women in Uganda is a lack of opportunities to develop the skills needed to enter the workforce. 

TechnoServe’s Girls’ Apprenticeship Program (GAP) pairs young women with business women for mentoring and training. GAP participants complete a curriculum focused on financial literacy, customer service, marketing, business planning and development strategies, and reproductive health. 

Following classroom training and a practical apprenticeship, young women receive business counseling support to start and sustain their own enterprises. This includes a business plan competition with prizes for top participants.

Read about Justine, a single mother in Uganda, and her path to a sustainable income.

For youth living in the slums of Mumbai, where societal norms often restrict women’s opportunities, the idea of dressing up and going to work in an office building every day might have once seemed like an impossible dream. Yet that’s what many are doing after participating in TechnoServe’s Creating Employment and Empowerment through Youth Development (CREEYD) program. 

In a country where over 80% of the population works in the informal sector, this program helped young people – many of them young women – from some of the most marginalized communities to gain the professional skills they needed to take on more formal business positions.

No matter where they live, women around the world often face barriers to achieving economic success. TechnoServe helps them by developing and implementing innovative gender-first programs around the world. 

You can help them, too. Donate today to support women in leadership.

The work that women leaders do is incredible – and should be celebrated. The challenges they face are difficult, and constantly changing. TechnoServe is helping strong women help themselves.