Unleashing the Economic Potential of Young Women in Conflict Zones

Women in Central America face overwhelming challenges including high levels of sexual and gender-based violence, school dropout to earn income and help with household duties, as well as economic marginalization. In this session, Celina de Sola of Glasswing International and Claudia Ibañez of Walmart, will take the audience on a journey into the lives of some the young women participating in the this program, exploring the strengths and challenges as they learn how to develop and strengthen their emotional skills, finish their high school education, and complete a technical-vocational training that allows them to access a job at Walmart (or other opportunities). They have the opportunity to further discover their passions, and also tackle fears of security and economic uncertainty. What gives them hope and resiliency in such an adverse context? What kind of tools and skills do they need to gain employment and thrive contexts of violent conflicts?


Clauida Ibañez, Corporate Affairs Manager Walmart Mexico and Central America, Walmart

Celina de Sola, Co-Founder and VP of Programs, Glasswing International