The figures are staggering. 132 million girls worldwide are out of school. Two thirds of the 750 million adults without basic literacy skills are women. And just 1% of the poorest girls in low-income countries will complete secondary school.
To change this unacceptable reality, UNESCO launched Her education, our future, a new drive to accelerate action for girls’ and women’s education by leveraging political and financial commitments, as well as leadership for women and girls.
This new initiative will contribute to the 2019-2025 UNESCO Strategy for Gender Equality in and through Education and its three pillars aiming for:
- better data to inform action for gender equality in and through education;
- better legal, policy and planning frameworks to advance rights; and
- better-quality learning opportunities to empower.
Her education, our future was launched on 5 July 2019 at the G7 France-UNESCO International Conference Innovating for girls’ and women’s empowerment through education.
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