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Global Action Week will take place from 2 to 8 May

Women and Girls’ Education

The 2011 Global Action Week (GAW) on Education for All (EFA) will take place from 2 to 8 May. This year, the Global Campaign for Education is calling upon all governments to invest and commit to equity by ensuring that women and girls, along with men and boys have an equal chance at education.  The GCE firmly believes that governments have the know-how and resources to make sure everyone has the chance to learn.  All governments have a responsibility to make sure it happens.

The Big Story is the main action that the GCE is promoting in 2011. The action for this year will revolve around “story telling”. Women and Girls will tell their personal stories about the impact an education or the lack of it has had on their lives. We also want men and boys to tell their stories but for all of the stories to relate to women’s experiences and why all women and girls must have the right to a quality education.

The Big Story will comprise of everyone including, children, campaigners, celebrities, exceptional women, and the aim will be to reach out to decision makers at the highest level so that women and girls education gets the attention that it requires globally. We know that in some countries, this issue is less significant than in others, however, it is a serious issue in a large number of countries affecting millions of women and girls all over the world.

The 2011 GAW is part of a sequence of important international events for gender equality and EFA in general, such as the 55th Commission on the Status of Women (22 February - 4 March 2011); the celebration of International Women's Day  (8 March); the 10th meeting of the High-Level Group on EFA (Jomtien, Thailand, 22-24 March 2011) and the 2011 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (Geneva, Switzerland, 4 - 8 July 2011). World Teachers’ Day (5 October) will also focus on gender.


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