09.05.2010 -

Conference to tackle gender gap and give impetus to girls’ education

©UNESCO/G. Gordon

The education of women and girls is a top priority for UNESCO. The Organization will thus be a key partner at the forthcoming “E4 Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality” conference (17 - 20 May, Dakar, Senegal).

A related e-conference was launched on 20 April. To mark the occasion, UNESCO is also launching a new Gender Equality and Education website.

The conference is organized by The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), a partnership of organizations dedicated to promoting girls’ education and to reducing the gender gap in education. It was launched in 2000 at the World Education Forum by the U.N. Secretary-General. 

As a member of UNGEI’s global advisory committee (GAC), UNESCO participates actively in technical group meetings, often with representatives from the various regional offices, since UNGEI co-operation has proven most effective at the regional and national levels. UNESCO annually hosts an UNGEI meeting immediately before each EFA Working Group Meeting, to make sure gender-related concerns are included as EFA priorities.  

The current E4 conferences aim to strengthen and expand partnerships for girls’ education around the most pressing obstacles many girls face in pursuit of education, and will address issues of violence, poverty and educational quality and their intersections with participation, climate change and health.

Related Links

Website of the conference 

The e-conference is now underway 

UNESCO’s new Gender equality and education website 

‘Scaling up’ good practices in girls’ education: Published by UNESCO within the framework of UNGEI 

EFA Global Monitoring Report 2003/04: Gender and education for All, The leap to equality




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