In Mexico there are millions of young women who have an unpaid occupation (Photo: Screenshot)by staff Millenial Editor Nacho Nini  ni estudia, ni trabaja = niniinfobae.comThe idea that the so-called “ninis” – young people who do not study or work – do not have any occupation is a myth that has left a wrong idea about this segment of the population that has even been described as an easy prey for organized crime.

A recent study on the Millennial population in Latin America highlights that, in the case of Mexico, the “nini” connotation has a female face, especially in the age group between 19 and 24 years, in which 40% of women do not study and it does not work, compared to 8% of the male population of this same age group.

Marcelo Delajara, director of the Economic Growth and Labor Market Program of the Espinosa Yglesias Studies Center (CEEY) said that there is a misconception of what it means to be “nini”, since it is not a percentage of young people who are dedicated to wandering the streets for not having any occupation, but the majority, mainly women, perform unpaid work.

“The ‘ninis’ between 18 and 29 years old are 30% of young people, which is a high number, reflecting the fact that if you in Mexico have the bad luck to be born and grow up in a family that does not do well, You do not have opportunities or have fewer opportunities, when you should have a chance to overcome this situation, they have more difficulties to learn and less social skills, “said DelaJara to Infobae.

“The ‘nini’ Mexican, is not a baby of dad, they are young people who come from working families, the responsibilities that can assume them,” he added.

He pointed out that for young people born under these conditions “life looks pretty bad”, their salary and work expectations are very low and some, being out of the labor market, already formed a family. Half are married, 43% already have a child and the women in this group are dedicated to caring for them.

“Women are already working more hours, although their work is at home and is not paid, they spend almost twice as much time as other young people to take care of their children, relatives and perform housework,” said Roberto Vélez Grajales , executive director of the CEEY.

According to the study “Millennials in Latin America and the Caribbean: work or study?”, Prepared by the CEEY, it is about poorly classified young people, since in fact, many do participate in the labor force. Only 3% do not perform any of these tasks or have a disability that prevents them from studying or working “, can be read in the study.

Young people from households that have not risen socially have fewer opportunities for development (Photo: Screenshot)

Young people from households that have not risen socially have fewer opportunities for development (Photo: Screenshot)

The problem with this segment of the population also comes from the families, since their parents also expect less from them, since by not having had opportunities to ascend socially, their children will suffer the same fate.

For the general study of the region, 15 thousand young people from Latin American and Caribbean countries were interviewed. Rafael Novella, in charge of the research, said that the conclusion of the research is that millennials are a generation with great potential and countries are challenged to take advantage of this generation.

The study also indicates that 31% of young people in this group are looking for work(especially men) and 64% are engaged in family care work (especially women).