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Sheikha Moza announces 3 to 5 million jobs for youth by 2022 through her Silatech foundation in Geneva

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser was in Geneva, Switzerland on March 4, 2019 to announce that youth will receive 3 million employment opportunities globally by 2022 through her youth empowerment foundation Silatech, calling for more partners to help raise that number to 5 million. 

During a high-level event hosted by Silatech, “Empowering Youth, Transforming Societies,” Sheikha Moza reaffirmed Silatech’s commitment to tackling rising youth unemployment through economic and social empowerment, particularly in developing regions with increasingly young populations. Speakers included UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

Through her speech and panel discussion, Sheikha Moza emphasized the role of quality education in shaping youth for the future, and the importance of following it by meaningful employment to give youth a chance to become productive citizens and the engine of economic growth. “Education without employment can lead to frustration... and employment without education is a false dream,” she said.

Established in 2008, Silatech, with the help of over 300 partners, has successfully empowered more than one million young people with economic opportunities and jobs in 17 countries.