Women and girls around the world tend to face a range of disproportionate challenges that can have a detrimental impact on their lives and prospects.
Globally, more boys than girls are able to enter education and complete their studies. As a result of societal norms about appropriate courses of study for men and women, many young women lack the digital literacy needed to participate in an increasingly digital world. According to The Prince’s Trust's 2023 Future of Work survey, only 50% of young women felt they had the skills they need for a digital job (compared to 65% of young men).
Women are more likely to be unemployed than their male counterparts. Their economic participation is often undervalued and restricted, and as a result they are overrepresented in precarious, unpaid, and informal labor positions such as domestic and care work. The 2023 Future of Work survey found that 74% of young women have not had a pay rise that has been enough to keep up with the rising cost of living (compared to 66% of young men).
Women continue to be outnumbered by men in senior leadership positions across all industries, holding only about 32% of all Director, Vice-President, or C-suite positions. make up less than a third of leadership positions, according to the World Economic Forum's "Global Gender Gap Report 2023".
HOW THE PRINCE'S TRUST IS RESPONDING
The challenging landscape young women face means that our support is more important than ever. We are adapting our work to meet this need and to reach those most in need.
We focus on supporting young women around the world who are most in need and who face adversity in the transition from childhood to adulthood.
This includes young women from areas with greater economic deprivation, from minority ethnic backgrounds, those leaving the care system, dealing with disability or mental health challenges, or the domestic and sexual violence that young women are more likely to experience. Our work falls under three core areas, underpinned by aims to improve self-esteem, wellbeing and confidence.
Our aim is to offer support and build aspirations for young women who may not thrive in mainstream education. Girls experience a greater drop in self-esteem and wellbeing during secondary schooling than boys, severely impacting their confidence. Through our Education work we prepare young women to leave education with key skills for life, confidence in their potential, and strong foundations for future careers.
Young women are more likely to experience barriers to employment such as being a single parent, having caring responsibilities or facing issues with childcare. The Prince’s Trust’s Employability programs support young women into employment or training and to overcome the challenges they experience in securing sustainable and well-paid work. Our employability programs include a comprehensive package of employability, life skills and vocational skills training.
The Prince’s Trust is an expert organization in the business start-up support sector, helping to give young women opportunities to explore self-employment, to build knowledge, skills and confidence to start-up and grow their own businesses.
Through our Enterprise programs, we equip young women with role models, access to finance and networks to offer young women the opportunity to create more flexible working arrangements through self-employment, which can help them overcome some of the barriers of traditional employment.
- In 2022/2023 Prince's Trust supported over 40,000 young women globally
- 70% of young women who participated on programs were in work, education or training after 3 months
For International Women's Day 2023, The Prince’s Trust united some of the UK's much-loved brands who committed to #ChangeAGirlsLife by donating a portion of proceeds from specific products to The Prince's Trust's work helping thousands of young women across the UK build a better future for themselves.
Inspired by the iconic female character, Minnie Mouse, Disney x George at Asda was a collaboration celebrating Disney's 100th anniversary in support of The Prince's Trust #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign.
The partnership featured a three-day ‘Get Started’ program to support young people breaking into the world of product design, followed by a six-month mutual mentorship program and fun photo shoot.
Products were developed by participants around the theme of equality, strength and empowerment. Program participants also engaged in numerous storytelling and content creation opportunities, activated through multiple channels including POS, social media, online and PR.
The partnership received significant coverage, including features on This Morning, Lorraine, Grazia, Stylist and The Sun.
The strong sales performance of products produced through this collaboration resulted in £100,000 donated to #ChangeAGirlsLife.
Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment Award
The Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment Award celebrates the achievements of inspirational young women around the world, highlighting the work of those who have succeeded against the odds to make a lasting difference in their communities.
This annual global award - sponsored by Prince’s Trust Ambassador for Enterprise, Charlotte Tilbury - aims to celebrate unsung heroes who are the driving force behind initiatives that are helping their communities to thrive.