Women’s and Girls’ Education

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The right to education is something that is often taken for granted, yet millions of people across the world are denied this human right due to social and economic limitations beyond their control. Particularly, this has been the case for women and girls.

Early marriage and pregnancy, gender-based violence and traditional attitudes about the role of women in society, have often prevented women from exercising their right to education. Attitudes such as these are still prevalent in 2017 and gender inequality continues to be one of the largest challenges to the eradication of poverty, creating a barrier to the overall aim of sustainable development. UNESCO is determined to bridge the gender inequality gap and provide global institutions with the knowledge and tools to take positive action.

With the support of UNESCO and other development partners, Viet Nam is a nation that has fully committed itself to promoting gender equality through a series of education initiatives. Over recent years, the Vietnamese Government has launched a series of reforms that aim to renovate the curriculum and provide greater educational opportunities for women and girls through gender mainstreaming and capacity building.

UNESCO works towards a fairer and more empowered future where women and men, and girls and boys will be able to take full benefit of a gender-balanced system of education.

Ongoing Programmes and Projects in this field

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