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18.03.2013 - Education Sector

Francophone women address girls’ education issues

UNESCO/F. Migeon - Filles dans la classe, Niger

How can we better ensure girls’ education, from literacy to higher education?” This is the theme of a round table that UNESCO is organizing in Paris on 20 March, in partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (IOF) or International Organization of the French-speaking World, on the occasion of the first Global Forum of Francophone Women.

Some 400 Francophone women from all over the world are expected to attend. These women are active for the respect of human rights, access to school and education, gender equality, and women's representation in politics.

The round table will be an opportunity for an exchange of ideas between the public and experts in the field of education of girls and women. The experts, themselves women, will notably focus on issues of women’s literacy, prevention of school dropout among young girls, and women’s access to higher education, especially in the fields of science and technology.  

The round table will be an opportunity for an exchange of ideas between the public and experts in the field of education of girls and women in developing countries. The experts, themselves women, will notably focus on issues of women’s literacy, prevention of school dropout among young girls, and women’s access to higher education, especially in the fields of science and technology.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO will open the Forum, along with Yamina Benguigui, Minister for La Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General of the IOF, and Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. At the end of the Forum, an action plan to promote women’s and girls’ voices in all spheres of life in Francophone countries will be presented to François Hollande, the President of the Republic of France, and Abdou Diouf.




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