Training for the informal sector : women and occupational justice
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- Master's theses (HH) 
Zambia has exceeded 14 million citizens, and around 6 million represent the work force. Women make up 48% and the clear majority is found in the informal work sector. Most women live in poverty and being unemployed is a luxury they cannot afford. As a result an increasing number partake in risk occupation, such as trafficking and sex work. In respond to this vast problem international and local organisations alike, have employed strategies to promote women’s level of knowledge, skill, income and power. This dissertation examines the impact of a Zambian vocational training program in their pursuit of strengthening economic situations for marginalised women. Technical and Vocational Education and Training play an important role in the pursuit of securing education for all and improving economic life for the working-age population of low-income societies. In order to assure the feasibility of these objectives former participants of one specific program have shared their narratives that form an explanatory model of present outcomes and impact. The qualitative study was based on four in-depth interviews with women from Livingstone, Zambia, They were all former participants of a tailoring skill program hosted by the organisation reviewed in this dissertation. Together, their stories produced information on challenges and opportunities that prevail for self-employed women in the informal work sector. The main findings indicate that the barriers of forming a viable working life related to lack of information, deficient skillset, shortage of rescores and poor communication. In such, there seems to be a disproportion between what the women had expected and what they gained from the program. Throughout this dissertation, the challenges of setting up a sustainable self-employment in the informal sector will be reviewed and compared to principles within the framework of occupational justice.