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Media Advisory: Gender inequality in education – A challenge in East Asia and the Pacific

Delegates from 13 countries to brainstorm on policies and strategies to end gender discrimination and bias in teaching and learning

What:  United Nation’s Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) – Regional Gender in Education Roundtable
Windsor Suites Hotel, Soi 20, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok

When:  5 July 2007

2 July 2007 - The East Asia and Pacific region has been making steady progress towards access to universal primary education. However, rising school enrolment rates for both sexes has not translated into gender equality in the classroom or among teachers.  Females are still more commonly discriminated against, perpetuating harmful stereotypes and status quo.

At the same time, universal completion of both primary and secondary education continues to be elusive in many countries of the region, particularly for certain disadvantaged groups, including impoverished children, ethnic minorities, children with disabilities, and working children.

On 5 July, regional UNGEI partners come together to host a Roundtable to increase awareness of gender inequality in education and to flesh out solutions to improve access to quality education for marginalized children.

Media are invited at 9 am to attend the launch of the regional UNGEI joint publication, Towards Equal Opportunities for All: Empowering Girls Through Partnerships in Education. Media are also welcome to attend a panel debate on gender equality in education, from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm.

The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative is the Education For All flagship for girls' education and principal movement to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education. UNGEI works through partnerships to ensure that by 2015, all children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete primary schooling and that by then, boys and girls will have equal access to all levels of education.
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For more information please contact:

Tani Ruiz, Media, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, Mobile: +66 89 204 3453 (Bangkok), Email:

Anuje Sirikit, UNESCO Public Communication Officer, Tel: +66 (2) 391 0577 (Bangkok), Email:


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