Somalia and Gaza

Female First Career Development Workshops


CTG’s goal is to unlock bias surrounding women in the workplace and to better prepare women for the workforce.


To allow for more inclusive workplaces, CTG recognises the need to do more to empower female graduates. CTG’s Female First Career Development Workshop equips young women with the skills needed for thriving careers in the aid and development sectors.



In 2018, CTG hosted its first Career Development Workshop in Gaza in partnership with the Oxford English Centre. The workshop welcomed 25 recent female graduates every Saturday morning for four weeks. The training included boosting understanding of LinkedIn, writing a strong cover letter, and interview tips and tricks.

“Gender inequality in the workplace is rife in Gaza, because of a lack of experience and shortage of opportunities. I believe that gender balance makes for a stronger, more effective team and strengthens communities.” – Mahmoud Shehada, CTG Senior Account Manager, Gaza



 CTG’s hosted its second Workshop in Mogadishu in May 2019, and welcomed 9 recent female graduates. Alongside employability training, the workshop had guest speakers including one of the few women from the Somali National Army. CTG delivered the workshop in partnership with City University, which enabled the participants to enroll in a 3-month English language course after the workshop.

Collaborating on Women’s Empowerment

CTG will continue to develop and improve its curricula as it grows. It will also continue to bring in partners of all varieties for future programme delivery to strengthen its impact and success. CTG wants the wider humanitarian community to also benefit from the skills and knowledge gained by these young women. And ultimately, the hope is that its learners can one day become mentors for Women in Aid themselves.