Statement by Cheryl Gregory Faye, Head of UNGEI Secretariat, on the occasion of Global Action Week 2008
NEW YORK, 22 April 2008 – This year, Global Action Week focuses on the theme 'Quality Education to End Exclusion'. This theme recognizes the need for quality education for children everywhere, in school and out. Ensuring a quality education includes identifying the social, economic and environmental needs of the child in order to provide a space for better learning and care.
We know that quality education is a critical component of achieving gender equality. Girls who receive a quality education are more empowered, better prepared to protect themselves against violence, abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and less vulnerable to disease.
We also know that the majority of the millions of girls who are not attending school around the world often suffer from multiple discriminations, particularly when they are members of groups that are socially marginalized or excluded in the countries where they live.