Less than 70% of Liberia’s youth have access to secondary or tertiary education or formal job training. Unemployment is high, particularly for male youth at 75% (15-24 years old), whilst this figure is lower for female youth it is still high at around 60%.
More than ¾ of Monrovia’s population is under 35 years old, compared to 61% for the population as a whole. As the rates of 15-34 year olds active in the labour force are lower in urban than in rural areas, a significant proportion of youth in Monrovia have no livelihood source of their own. Many were victims (predominantly, but not solely, female) and/or perpetrators (predominantly, but not solely, male) of violence during the conflict. Working with youth for the realisation of their economic and social rights is therefore both an issue of justice, as well as a cautionary measure.