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How emergencies open the door to gender-equal education

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GENEVA, Switzerland, 17 September 2008 - The right to education in an emergency and how it can be used to address inequalities in such situations are themes explored in two linked events in Geneva this week.

In a first workshop (17 to 18 September), gender, education and emergency specialists will examine the different effects of conflict and natural disasters on schoolboys and girls as well as on male and female teachers, and the opportunities that arise to increase gender equity as communities and nations rebuild themselves.

This workshop, co-organized by the International Rescue Committee, the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, UNICEF and the UN Girls’ Education Initiative, strategically leads up to a daylong discussion on the right to education in emergencies convened by the Committee on the Rights of the Child on 19 September.

This annual ‘Day of General Discussion’ is intended to provide States and other actors with comprehensive guidance as to their obligations to promote and protect the right to education as outlined in articles 28 and 29 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


 

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