When we talk about the future of work, it is important to include perspectives, ideas and solutions from young people as they are the driving force that can shape the future. As we saw at the recent Youth Summit 2017, the younger, digitally-savvy generations —whether they are called Millennials, Gen Y, or Gen Z— shared solutions that helped tackle global challenges. The two-day event welcomed young people to discuss how to leverage technology and innovation for development impact. In this post, we interviewed —under a job-creation perspective—finalists of the summit’s global competition.
Bringing domestic workers to the formal economy
Have you ever thought of an Uber-like platform for recruiting domestic workers? In Malaysia, where the population is aging, countless families rely heavily on the services of domestic workers — a majority of whom are female migrants from other Southeast Asian countries. This resonated with Zenna Law, from Kuala Lumpur, and she created Pink Collar.
The start-up aims at formalizing the domestic work sector — often susceptible to abusive working conditions. Pink Collar equally supports workers and employers in the recruitment process and guides them through an ethical work partnership. Zenna hopes that “all domestic workers, someday, would have every means available to achieve a better standing in life, and eventually break free from the cycle of social inequality.” Her idea won the Youth Summit’s Audience Award.