Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality (E4) Conference
The Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality (E4) Conference, organized by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative in collaboration with the Beyond Access team, and coordinated by the Institute of Education, University of London, is scheduled to take place between 17–20 May 2010, in Dakar, Senegal. It speaks to the goal of strengthening and expanding partnerships for girls’ education around the most pressing obstacles many girls face in pursuit of education.
In the run-up to the face-to-face conference, an online e-conference will be held over a period of five weeks, between 12 April and 14 May. Participation in the Dakar conference is by invitation only, while the e-conference is open to all.
Both conferences will examine issues of violence, poverty and educational quality and their intersections with participation, climate change and health. Each week the e-conference will focus on one of the themes emerging from the situation analysis produced for the conference.
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Nearly 72 million children of primary school age were not enrolled in school in 2007, more than half of them (54 per cent) girls, according to the 2010 EFA Global Monitoring Report.
Globally, 53 per cent of out-of-school girls have never been to school, compared with 36 per cent of out-of-school boys. In other words, just over half the girls who were not enrolled in school in 2006 had never been enrolled in school and might never go to school without additional incentives.
Despite notable progress, sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia account for more than two-thirds of out-of school children globally. The proportion of out-of-school girls remains disproportionately high in Arab States (61 per cent) and South and West Asia (58 per cent).
Reducing the gender gap paves the way to a more democratic, balanced and stable society.