Girls/Women Global Education Partnership
Social Responsibility Movies, Women
Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-moon and UNESCO Director General along with other global business and political leaders launched a new initiative on girls/womens education - the "New Global Partnership for Girls & Women".
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO”s Director-General Irina Bokova and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today in Paris underlined the huge benefits societies reap from ensuring that girls and women have access to education.
While attending the launch of UNESCO’s New Global Partnership for Girls and Women’s Education, Ban noted that although education was a right, it was not a reality for too many women and girls. “Too often the cause is discrimination. The new Global Partnership we are launching today focuses on two key points: secondary education and literacy,” he said.
Ban stressed that the High-Level Panel would also today address empowerment and gender equality, and those eh said were critical in a world where girls and women lagged behind men and boys when it came to school, literacy and research.
Meanwhile Irina Bokova recalling the events of earlier this year in Tunis, recalled “the impassionate” call by young women on Facebook, and how “they sparked the massive demonstration” on the 21st January on Tahir Square in Cairo Egypt.
“Women have spear headed this change. This shows the power of aspirations for human rights and dignity to move history. There are no immovable barriers to gender equality and education for all. Young girls and women are changing the world. We must support them.” Bokova said
Also present at the event, Hillary Clinton noted that no society could achieve its full potential “when half the population is denied the opportunity to achieve theirs”.
According to UNESCO, there are an estimated 39 million girls of lower secondary school age across the world not enrolled in either primary or secondary school. Two thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate adults are women, and only about a third of countries have achieved gender parity in secondary school enrolment.
The partnership, whose theme is “Better Life, Better Future,” focuses on reaching illiterate or semi-literate adolescent girls and scaling up women’s literacy programmes through partnerships with corporate giants such as Nokia, Procter and Gamble, GEMS Education, Microsoft, Apple and the Packard Foundation. Some of the projects have already started in Africa and Asia.
UNESCO also inaugurated a High-Level Panel on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality to step up global advocacy and work as a “global conscience” for gender equality, with a specific focus on education.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 3 mins
Country: United Nations
- Muhamed Sacirbey UNTV-UNESCO
- Susan Sacirbey