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UN General Assembly: Pressing for the empowerment of girls through education
“To promote our goal of gender equality, we will press for the empowerment of women and girls, keeping in mind the important role of men and boys, making it clear that life is better for all of us when all people have equal access to economic, social and political life in our societies.”
-María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador, President of the 73rd session of the UNGA
In her opening remarks at the start of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the incoming President, H.E. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés of Ecuador, dedicated her Presidency to women and girls. Only the fourth female President in the world body’s 73 year history, the focus brought to gender-related issues by Ms Espinosa’s leadership is greatly welcomed by UNGEI and all those striving to advance gender equality in and through education.
Outlining her seven priorities as UNGA President, Ms Espinosa spoke of her commitment to promoting gender equality through the empowerment of women and girls, “making it clear that life is better for all of us when all people have equal access to economic, social and political life in our societies.” The spotlight on women and girls seems particularly pertinent given that the general UNGA debate will this year focus on global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies. In all these areas, we know that progressing the gender agenda is key.
Reflecting this, high among the UNGA areas of focus is the goal of delivering equitable, quality and inclusive education (SDG4) that leaves no one behind, with a special focus on girls. With only 12 years left to achieve SDG4, the attention paid to girls, too often the most marginalised in education, is greatly needed.
While many meetings and events scheduled over the course of UNGA speak to these priority areas, we wanted to highlight our ‘top five’, with links to livestreams and further information.
Data driving change: EM2030 SDG Gender Index
Mon 24 Sep, 12.30-14.30
Organised by Equal Measures 2030, gender, data and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) advocates will come together for the launch of the Equal Measures 2030 SDG Gender Index Framework, and a brand new Gender Advocates Data Hub to address gaps in gender data. The event will also highlight insights gleaned from the stories of hundreds of education advocates around the world. Learn more here.
Addressing the Needs of Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Bridging the policy and programming gap
Mon 24 Sep, 15.00-17.00
Organised by Plan International in collaboration with the governments of Denmark, the Philippines, OCHA, and UNICEF, this high level event will shed light on the key issues around the needs of adolescent girls in emergency settings. This includes Rohingya refugee girls in Cox’s Bazaar and those growing up in the midst of conflict in South Sudan. Read more here.
Make Impossible Possible: Unlocking human potential through education
Mon 24 Sep, 18.00-19.30