Girls, Too

May 2011 Global Action Week 2011 - Women and Girls’ Education

Issue No. 33,  5 May 2011
United Nations Girls Education Initative
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Global Action Week 2011 - Women and Girls’ Education
NEW YORK, 5 May 2011 – As the world celebrates Global Action Week for education, the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) called for greater efforts at both national and international levels to make education for girls and women a priority.

This year’s Global Action Week focuses on Education for Women and Girls, as females continue to constitute 53 per cent – more than half – of the population of out-of-school children.

“Making sure that both girls and boys have an equal opportunity to education is a huge challenge for the global community,” said Cheryl Gregory Faye, Head of the UNGEI Secretariat. “With only four years left until the Millennium Development Goals deadline, we must step up our efforts to ensure all children everywhere their right to a quality education. Recent key reports have warned the progress made in education and gender equality over recent years is slowing down,” she continued. “UNGEI calls on the global community to step up the momentum.”

There have been impressive gains over the last two decades to ensure girls and boys have equal access to primary education. However, at least 69 countries are yet to achieve gender parity in primary school enrolment and many are unlikely to achieve this target by the 2015 deadline, according to the 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report. And in 26 countries, there are fewer than nine girls in primary school for every ten boys. The gap widens at secondary level.


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Pakistan: UNICEF and AusAID support improved sanitation for Palestinian students
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Global: UNESCO partners with GEMS Education to bolster teacher training
Global: 20 Years Jomtien: Education for All
Global: Global Action Week will take place from 2 to 8 May
Global: Education Ministers commit to achieving Education for All
Global: High-Level Group to stress urgency of achieving Education for All by 2015

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Upcoming events

2-8 May - Global Action Week

4-6 May - World Economic Forum on Africa

20-22 May - World Economic Forum on the Middle East

25 May - Africa Day


Partner profile


The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a pan African non government organization founded in 1992 to promote girls’ and women’s education in sub Saharan Africa in line with Education For All.

Recent Publications

Learning for All: World Bank Group Education Strategy 2020

Addressing Early Marriage of Young and Adolescent Girls

E4 - Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality Conference Report

Gender Equality in Education: Beyond Numbers

Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2011 - A Gender Review

The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity

The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity

Fast-tracking Girls’ Education


Twitter News - @ungei

#Girls are “doubly disadvantaged” over #boys when attending #school. @WorldBank #girlseducation

Video: A great video from our friends @GirlUp on child marriage -

'Three Cups of Tea': Served with a grain of salt?

RT @10x10act: Watch what happens when a girl from the footpath gets to stay in #school #girleffect

Education=progress. An educated girl is less likely to suffer exploitation + to contract HIV/AIDS. Norway at #UN: #CPD44

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