Within UNESCO, the Division for Gender Equality in the office of the Director-General the responsability for ensuring the implementation of UNESCO’s Global Priority Gender Equality.
In the area of Education, UNESCO strives to redress gender inequalities at all levels in terms of access, retention, completion, and quality. This includes the promotion of women’s increased participation in science, technology, innovation and research, as well as in areas such as the ethics of science, culture and human rights.
UNESCO’s Communication and Information programme aims to address the stereotyping of women and inequalities in women’s access to, use of and participation in all communication information systems. It raises awareness among professionals regarding the need to include a gender equality perspective in media content and organizes capacity building and training sessions aimed at improving the safety of female journalists.
The Organization also works towards the promotion of women’s empowerment and gender equality through the integration of these considerations into its normative work in areas such as the ethics of science, culture and human rights.
For UNESCO, gender equality is a fundamental right, a commonly shared value and a necessary condition for the achievement of all internationally agreed development objectives. Gender equality is not only central to efforts to fight extreme poverty but it is also related to the global quest to limit the spread of HIV and AIDS, mitigate the effects of climate change and achieve sustainable development and peace.