UNGEI meeting in Kathmandu calls for gender equity and quality in education
Last month, UNGEI held is first Global Advisory Committee meeting at the regional level. Education experts representing United Nations agencies, donor countries, national governments and non-governmental organizations met in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu from 11-12 June 2008 to discuss issues related to gender equality in education in the Asia-Pacific region.
Representatives from Camfed, UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Nepal's Ministry of Education and the children of Nepal gave opening remarks.
"The low status of women and girls in our society is a major problem," said Ms. Reshmi Chowdhary, member of the Biratnagar Child Club, who spoke on behalf of the children of Nepal. "There are as many boys as girls in Nepal, but fewer girls are able to go to school.
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