Thursday 15 February, 14:00-15:30 (GMT)
A virtual roundtable discussion between UNESCO, UNGEI, the Girls’ Education Challenge and the University of Cambridge to launch the 2023 Progress Report on the Global Objectives on Girls’ Education.
The report measures progress made against two objectives on girls’ access to education and their learning. This event will unpack the findings in the 2023 report and shed light on the urgent action that is needed to achieve the Global Objectives on Girls’ Education. The report, which highlights the challenges to achieving gender equality in and through education as well as pertinent data gaps, underscores the scale of the task ahead. Explore global data trends, discuss the root causes of gender inequality that are hindering progress, and learn from best practices to advance gender equality in education.
- Sharon Tao, Education Director, Girls’ Education Challenge, FCDO
- Antara Ganguli, Director, UNGEI
- Manos Antoninis, Director, GEM Report
- Pauline Rose, Professor, International Education, University of Cambridge
In 2021, the G7 heads of state set and endorsed two global objectives:
- 40 million more girls in school; and
- 20 million more girls reading by age ten or the end of primary school in low and lower-middle income countries.
These objectives come from the recognition that girls universally face systemic barriers which intersect with poverty, geography, disability and minority status that prevent their access to and benefiting from twelve years of quality education. Yet, education remains their most likely path to empowerment. The two goals are derived from and aligned with global and national frameworks for measuring progress on SDG 4.