At TAP we know that a diverse team will perform better. Therefore we’ve made DE&I an integral part of our recruitment process, and we are committed to provide high quality upskilling opportunities for both men and women. We are dedicated to ensuring that women are equally represented in each cohort, and with this goal in mind we’ve achieved the positive result of a remarkable 51.4% of our cohort participants being women.
This significant representation of women is a stark contrast to the current situation in Palestine, where female graduates face disproportionately high unemployment rates as seen in the figure above. This highlights the importance of our programs in addressing the gender-based employment gap, helping companies build diverse teams, and empowering women to access meaningful career opportunities.
By actively promoting gender diversity and inclusivity in our programs, we not only contribute to narrowing the gender employment gap but also create a more equitable future for all.
It's important to note, however, that a significant portion of TAP participants also emerge from an academic background. Specifically, 79% of TAPers have indicated that they have one or more parents with higher education. This shows the need for more diversity in cohorts to decrease the economic and educational divide. It also demonstrates a larger issue that defines not just Palestine but most of the world; the fact that most university graduates come from families consisting of at least one or more university graduates themselves.
This issue is bigger than TAP, but still calls for more support from us for students who do not have an academic background. This can be achieved by providing more support before and in the application process, to prepare students for operating in a professional environment.
By proactively addressing this issue, TAP can continue to evolve as a platform that not only empowers individuals with education but also helps companies and startups build diverse teams, bridges gaps and opens doors for a more inclusive and equitable future.
Read more about TAPs work in our most recent impact report