Centre for girls
In the community where JOSH works, girls are expected to contribute to the household at a very young age – with the implicit understanding that a girl is being trained for a role as a wife, mother and daughter-in-law, whereas boys are being trained for an occupation. With growing restrictions in urban spaces, it is critical to work with girls and young women and empower them with knowledge about their rights and livelihood options. EMpower’s grant to JOSH supports the program to enable 80 girls each year to gain employability skills and placement support. The program with girls focuses significantly on building a holistic understanding around issues of gender and the ways in which the understanding of gender and the its interaction with the society shape identity. Most participants belong to marginalized Muslim communities who lack resources, support, role models and training to pursue careers.