UNESCO HQ, 30 June 2017
Soft Power Conference
Despite immense progress in achieving gender parity in primary education, numerous challenges remain for girls to access, complete and benefit from a full cycle of quality education. While poverty remains the main barrier, discriminatory social norms (such as early marriage or gender-based violence), distance between home and school and related safety concerns, and inadequate sanitation facilities at school are among the many other factors hampering girls’ participation in and completion of a full cycle of education. In addition, girls are also disadvantaged in terms of learning processes and outcomes. Yet, evidence also shows that an educated girl can be a powerful game changer for her, her family, her community and her society.
This panel will discuss the importance of achieving gender equality in education. It will explore strategies and initiatives that empower girls and women to gain the knowledge and skills for fulfilling future life opportunities. Through their personal experiences and work, the panellists will also consider how UNESCO can promote quality educational pathways for girls and women and gender equality in education.