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23 February 2015

Youth Unemployment and Entrepreneurship

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The recent global financial crisis which broke out in 2008 saw both the developed and developing economies collapsing with most governments having to bail out giant corporations. At this moment in time, most economies are going through the global economic recovery, which it going at a slow pace. The Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the economies that have been enjoying visible and vigorous economic growth but just like other economies, it is faced with many challenges that resulted from the recession and one issue that is more concern is the escalation of unemployment - youth unemployment in particular. The uneven economic recovery has so far proven to be a jobless one.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in its recently published Global Employment Trends for Youth 2014 report, almost 202 million people around the world were unemployment in 2013 – with an increase of almost 5 million compared to the previous year.

10 February 2015

Women Should Help Each Other

 There is a special place in hell for women who don't help each other.
- Madeleine Albright
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When Taylor Swift quoted Albright (she credited it to Katie Couric though) in her interview with Vanity Fair, after the gag Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made at her expense during the Golden Globes, most people might have taken her speech lightly but the thing is, this quote could not be far from the truth. But in Fey and Poehler’s defense we can say the comediennes were just doing their job – making jokes with no intention of offending anyone as they later claimed. But that’s another topic for another day.
Professional successful women usually do not take it to a newbie trying to ‘steal’ their spotlight. Most women have to fight and work ten-times more than their male counterparts in order for them to succeed in any profession dominated by men and so they tend to feel that other upcoming women should go through what they went through if they are to make it to the top. They feel that helping them up might soften them and as such they might not last longer at the top. This, even if it is intended well, is far from the truth – women at the top should leave the path they have paved on their way to the top visible for other women to follow so as to balance gender load in the managerial positions.