12.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Eradicating gender-based discrimination in Education – UNESCO /CERID Seminar

©UNESCO/Madhurima NepalWomen in a literacy class in Dhanusha district, Nepal

Inequalities between men and women exist in all spheres of society and women’s exclusion is a major barrier for development. Inequalities are particularly dramatic in the area of education with, for example, a male literacy rate of 72.2 per cent and a female literacy rate of only 51.4 per cent.

Mainstreaming gender issues in education is therefore on the agenda of a seminar that the Research Centre for Educational Innovation and Development (CERID) of Tribhuvan University in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and with the financial support of UNESCO organizes on 13 December 2013 at Yala Maya Kendra in Lalitpur

The main objective of the event is to find out ways to change the perspectives of girls and women in education and to outline elements for a strategy to curb gender-based discrimination in education.

Around fifty experts from several departments of Tribhuvan University, institutions of the Ministry of Education, teachers’ unions and development partners will participate in the seminar.

Gender-based discrimination in education is both a cause and a consequence of deep-rooted disparities in society. Poverty, geographical isolation, ethnic background, disability, traditional attitudes about their status and role all undermine the ability of women and girls to exercise their rights.

Harmful practices such as early marriage and pregnancy, gender-based violence, and discriminatory education laws, policies, contents and practices still prevent millions of girls form enrolling, completing and benefitting from education.

Gender must therefore be integrated at all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education, in formal and non-formal settings and from planning infrastructure to training teachers.

UNESCO works to promote equal opportunities to quality learning, free from gender-based or other forms of discrimination. In particular, UNESCO:

·      promotes gender equality in national education laws, policies and plans;

·      seeks to expand access to learning opportunities, in particular for girls and women, in both formal and non-formal education;

·      develops the capacity of education policy-makers, planners, teachers and other education personnel regarding gender-sensitive approaches;

·      supports countries to make education content gender-sensitive and free from discrimination;

·      seeks to address obstacles to learning such as gender-based violence and HIV & AIDS.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Tap Raj Pant

National Programme Officer (Education) 
P.O.Box 14391, Kathmandu
Tel.: + 977 1 5554769, 5554396 ext. 14
Fax: + 977 1 5554450
www.unesco.org/en/kathmandu                                Kathmandu, 13 December 2013

Press Release UNESCO/KAT 21/2013




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