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10.03.2014 - ODG

The Director-General Participates in Opening of the Commission on the Status of Women

All Rights Reserved - Irina Bokova at the CSW side-event Putting girls' at the heart of the Post-2015 development agenda (New York, 10 March 2014)

March 10 - The Director-General participated in the opening of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women that will spotlight the achievement made and the gaps that remain in the lives of world’s women and girls less than 700 days from the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Gathering UN entities, Member States and over 800 civil society organizations, the CSW will review the access and participation of women and girls to education, science and technology, as well as the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.

Attending the launch of the Gender Summary of UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14, the Director-General said that: “Education is the most powerful route to build a better future for all. It is not only the right of girls, it is in the interest of all society. Gender equality is one of the most powerful transformational forces to construct peace and social inclusion”.

Alongside the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, the Honourable Michaelia Cash of Australia, Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women, and Susan Hopgood, President of Education International, Irina Bokova called on States “to invest in girls’ education, to craft mechanisms to encourage girls to go and remain in school.”

The Gender Summary reveals that a serious imbalance in global education has left over 100 million young women in low and lower middle income countries unable to read a single sentence, and may prevent half of the 31 million girls out of school from ever enrolling. The summary calls for equity to be at the forefront of the new global development agenda.

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