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|United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) |
Members of flagship programme
All United Nations entities belong. The following have contributed
to the ongoing work of the Task Force: DAW/DESA/UN, DGO, ILO,
OCHA, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, WFP,
WHO and the World Bank. Non-governmental organisations such
as the Forum of African Women Educationalists (FAWE) are also
The goal of the United Nations ten year Girls' Education Initiative
is to mount a sustained campaign to improve the quality and
availability of girls' education through a collaborative partnership
of different entities within and outside the United Nations
The Initiative is designed to contribute to the elimination
of gender discrimination and gender disparity in education systems
through action at global, national, district and community levels.
The Initiative brings together existing resources at the country
level and uses them more efficiently and effectively. The Initiative
starts with countries committing themselves to take action.
It then focuses on areas of intervention that are known to produce
results, are supported by a consolidated effort of all development
partners and build on good practice and experience.
For more information, please see UNGEI Concept Paper: http://undg.org/documents/girlseducation/UNGEIConceptpaperfinal(11-00).doc
The overall goal is translated into five strategic objectives
designed to assist countries in meeting their education for
all goals and targets, as well as the education goals of other
United Nations international conferences. The objectives call
For more information, please see UNGEI Action Plan: http://undg.org/documents/girlseducation/UNGEIActionPlanFinal(11-00).doc
1. Direct support to countries through the following activities:
- building political and resource commitments,
- ending the gender gap,
- ending gender bias and discrimination within education
- helping girls' education in crisis, conflict and post-conflict
- eliminating ingrained gender bias that limits the demand
for girls' education.
2. Development of a supportive environment for country work
through the following activities:
- Identify target countries with low girls' enrolment
and with gender inequality, using the criteria that were
developed in 2000.
- Provide guidance to countries on how to address girls'
education in CCA/UNDAF roll-out and mid-term reviews,
including through instruments such as Poverty Reduction
Strategic Papers (PRSPs) and Section Wide Approaches (SWAPs).
- Facilitate integration of content and concerns regarding
girls' education into CCA/UNDAF facilitator and country
- Review and advise on country CCAs, UNDAFs and RC reports,
and advise on collaborative/joint programming as appropriate.
3. Related documents
- Advocate and mobilize partnerships for girls' education,
concentrating on strategic global and regional events,
and international conferences and their follow-up, and
encouraging the same in countries. (Examples include a
panel on the ECOSOC high level segment, a session at the
GASS on children and an event at the forthcoming GASS
- Identify capacity for different substantive components
of girls' education within participating entities.
Meeting on Partnering the UN Girls' Education Initiative
to Intensify Progress towards Gender Equality in Education,
Paris 21-23 January, 2002
Mary Joy Pigozzi
UNICEF, Education Section, H7A
3 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017