Girls' and Women’s Empowerment

© UN photo/Bikem Ekberzade
Iraqi schoolchildren

The empowerment of girls and women is the new frontier for human rights in the 21st century. I believe that development is not sustainable if it is unequal. This is why we must do far more together to uphold the human rights and potential of every girl and women. 

The empowerment of girls and women starts on the benches of school, with quality education and access to culture and information. Gender equality means literacy. It means access to science. It means genuine possibilities for girls to become everything they wish for. And to make their own informed choices. This is essential for human rights, for health, for sustainable development, for the fabric of societies as a whole. 

Gender equality is a global priority of UNESCO, and I have made it my personal priority.

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