Launch of Global Partnership on Girls’ and Women’s Education and High-Level Panel on Girls’ and Women’s Education for Empowerment and Gender Equality

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Initiative « Better life, better future »

The education of girls and women is a fundamental human right, as well as an imperative for reaching all the internationally agreed development goals.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will welcome participants to the event, followed by opening remarks from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The keynote speech for the Forum will be made by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikha Hasina.

Prime Minister of Mali Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, the Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network Foundation, and representatives of several corporate giants participating in the partnership including Nokia, Proctor and Gamble, GEMS Education, Microsoft, Apple and the Packard Foundation, will also participate.

Globally, some 39 million girls of lower secondary age are currently not enrolled in either primary or secondary education, while two thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate adults are women. Only about one third of countries have achieved gender parity at secondary level.

‘Better Life, Better Future’ will seek collaborative and innovative solutions to the most fundamental obstacles and challenges to education for women and adolescent girls. A number of projects are already underway in several countries.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 26.05.2011 13:00 local time
End 26.05.2011 15:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Guttman, Cynthia
Organizer Division for Gender Equality, Office of the Director-General
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room I
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Live webcast
Link 2 Floor -Live transmission
Link 3 “Better Life, Better Future”– UNESCO launches partnership for girls’ and women’s education
Link 4 Brochure “Better Life, Better Future” (PDF)