A lot of Egypt’s youth is impoverished. Nearly twenty-five percent of Egyptians are of youth and half of them of very poor; this twenty-five percent constitutes for roughly twenty million people between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine. Studies have, furthermore, shown over fifty percent of Egypt’s youth contributed to the labor force. Of that fifty percent, roughly seventy-five percent were males and twenty-five were percent females. On a similar note, young females in Egypt incorporate about forty-five percent while the males close to twenty percent; however, both gender unemployment rate add up to roughly twenty-five percent (Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics).
Additionally, reports show fifty-one percent of females with a university degree are unemployed. The rates are higher with females with a degree from a technical vocational school, fifty-six percent, and general vocational school degree, sixty-five percent. Lastly, the youth gender is almost broken down evenly between males and females in Egypt (fifty-one percent male and forty-nine percent female) [CAPMAS].
What’s more compelling is the struggle between tradition and modern values within contemporary youth society. On one side, a significant number of young Egyptians are more than willing to adapt “western” tradition and lifestyles like online social media, different musical instruments/styles, and sports. On the other hand, many young Egyptians reject this type of lifestyles and favor traditional values and customs that have been set for by their ancestors for generations; traditions like: following Islam, honoring family before anything, and proper etiquette. There is, however, a large number of young people who adopt both lifestyles and thus, highly criticized by the public as being inconsistent or contradictory. There is huge identity crisis in Egypt’s youth today and this is particularly important considering youth in this county makes up for a large percent of its population and are its most important capital.