UN Focal Point on Youth
Website URL: http://social.un.org/index/Youth.aspx
What the research shows: Young workers are not a homogenous group. There are certain social groups that face distinct disadvantages which, intersecting with the social exclusion experienced by youth, broaden the challenge of their finding opportunities for decent work.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (1997), non-formal education refers to:
Many of the participants voiced their perceptions of age discriminatory practices across the labour market. Several commented on different forms of discrimination, including: age, gender, geography, nationality and ethnic background. Crispin, with Aube Nouvelle pour la Femme et le developpment (ANFD), informed us of such issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “where [an estimated] 90 per cent of youth are unemployed.
In general terms, the comments shared by participants in the e-discussion on youth employment confirmed what is stated in various reports on the topic; young people are facing various employment challenges, reflected in insecure employment, high unemployment and other measures. Youth are broadly concerned that there are too few opportunities for decent work.