Palestine, with a population of 4.42 million and GDP US$12.68 billion, has an unemployment rate of 24.9%. Youth constitute 16.2% of the total population and 26.3% of the working-age population. While the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) is rate is 31.6%, the proportion of female youth (37.2%) is higher than that of male youth (26.2%). The male-female salary gap is up to 25% in the public sector. The net adjusted enrolment rate for upper secondary education reached 60.2% in 2014. Less than 9% of Palestinian youth had volunteered in an organization in 2014.
Youth Rights Monitor (2007-2008) is a partnership between United Nations Fund for Women and Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and rights Activation to train youth on the democratic process and youth rights. The project is a training of trainers, whereby the trained youth will share the acquired information and spread awareness on youth rights, problems, and responsibilities among other youth.
Implementation of programme/ initiative:
Youth Rights Monitor is a partnership between United Nations Fund for Women and Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation. The project aimed at enhancing the skills of Palestinian youth to become activists who are able to monitor and influence policy making from a youth-rights approach. More specifically, the project aimed at improving the leadership skills of Palestinian youth and motivating them to monitor their rights on a legislative and executive level.
The project trained 98 Palestinian youth trainers. The trainers conducted workshops in 89 community centres reaching 628 young Palestinians. TV episodes about gender and youth issues were prepared and broadcasted.
World Bank, 2016
OECD Youth in the MENA region, 2016
International Labor Organization, 2016
Date: October 12, 2017