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Finding a job when unemployment is over 30%

December 12, 2023

South Africa has one of the world’s highest unemployment rates, at 33%. That rate nearly doubles for South Africans ages 15 to 24 — and gender inequality exacerbates the issue for women.

That’s where FHI 360’s Capacity Development and Support project — funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — came in. The project connected over 6,700 young women — including Molatelo Boloka, Nolitha Sibeni and Ngoakwana Kgowa — with opportunities to expand their employment prospects and break into male-dominated industries, including boilermaking and construction work.

Learn how they are breaking barriers in the photo story below.