In 2016, the Global Connections for Women Foundation will host a Youth Empowerment Summit in Nigeria.

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The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) will host the first “Youth Empowerment Summit” in Nigeria. The official date and location of the summit will soon be announced. The purpose of the GC4W Youth Empowerment Summit is to connect the Youth in Nigeria with other likeminded professionals and companies, who are looking to recruit, train and employ.

“I have always said that those of us who were fortunate to leave the continent have the responsibility to return and help to make their lives much easier” said Lilian O. Ajayi, Founder and Executive Director of Global Connections for Women Foundation. 

According the International Labor Organization‘s report on the “2015 Global Employment Trends for Youth” the global youth unemployment rate has stabilized by 13 percent and though we see a steady growth in employment across the globe, developing countries need more assistance.

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“It is encouraging to see an improvement in the youth employment trends compared to the GET for Youth 2013.” “But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that recovery is not universal and that almost 43 per cent of the global youth labour force is still either unemployed or working yet living in poverty. It’s still not easy to be young and starting out in today’s labour market”. Sara Elder, the report’s lead author.

“It is time to scale up action in support of youth employment.” Azita Berar Awad, Director of the ILO’s Employment Policy Department. This is especially true for developing countries, where fewer jobs are being created.


“It is the aim of our Foundation through GC4W Youth Empowerment Summit to create new avenues of employment and career development for the youth in Nigeria” said Lilian O. Ajayi, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Connections for Women FoundationShe was recently invited by the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Office of Political Affairs to speak on designing a Sustainable Development Model for Youth Empowerment at the 2015 Nigeria Diaspora Day. Thereafter, Lilian O. Ajayi published a story on The Huffington Post titled “Designing a Sustainable Development Model for Youth Empowerment.”

“The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda,” Berar Awad continues, “and its emphasis on youth employment in Goal 8, provides a new opportunity to mobilize broad global partnerships to support action on a more significant scale. Increased investment is needed to alleviate the scars of the crisis on the present generation as well as to ensure more inclusive labour markets and societies.”

The GC4W Youth Entrepreneurship Summit is a combination of a job fair, panel discussions and career development workshops with industry leaders.  It is our hope to successfully partner with domestic and international institutions to assist in changing the course of the lives of a select group of individuals in search for a new opportunities.

Bright Ideas-news_0The GC4W Youth Empowerment Summit will also provide a small group of individuals with an opportunity to present their business ideas for feedbacks and obtain mentorship from leading companies and/or individuals.

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