12.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO leads drive for gender equality and culture in the post-2015 development agenda

UNESCO is launching a call for research and case studies for the upcoming UNESCO Report on Gender Equality and Culture.

As the first global assessment of equal opportunities for women and men to access, participate in and contribute to cultural life, the Report will bring together existing research, policies, field case studies and data related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the fields of creativity and heritage.

The Report will offer a solid research and statistical benchmark that will serve to inform policy-making and contribute to shaping the internationally agreed objectives for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development agenda in 2015 – the deadline for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The initiative reflects UNESCO’s commitment to gender equality, one of the two Global Priorities of the Organization, and its longstanding advocacy for culture as a driver and an enabler of sustainable development.

From a policy perspective, these opportunities to take part in cultural life - which is a cultural right and as such an integral part of human rights - are increasingly seen as important vectors for social inclusion, empowerment, inclusive economies and job creation.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova said “Gender equality benefits everyone, not just women. It is an accelerator of political, economic and social transformations. It is a global priority for UNESCO, and a personal commitment.”

If you are interested in sharing your organization’s field research, case studies and data (and any other relevant information) that could inform or feature in the Report, please contact Ms Penelope Keenan (p.keenan(at)unesco.org) by 30 September 2013.

The UNESCO Report on Gender Equality and Culture is slated for publication at the end of 2013.

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