About Us

UNGEI strives to promote girls’ education and gender equality through policy advocacy and support to governments and other development actors to deliver on the gender and education-related Sustainable Development Goals. UNGEI promotes the building of evidence and sharing of good practice in girls’ education and gender equality, and seeks to strengthen collaboration and partnership.


UNGEI is a multi-stakeholder partnership committed to improving the quality and availability of girls’ education and contributing to the empowerment of girls and women through transformative education. UNGEI is an advocacy-oriented partnership comprising of 24 global and regional partners, 4 regional partnerships and nearly 50 associated country partnerships, as well as a far-reaching global network.

The Global Advisory Committee (GAC) shares in planning, decision-making, guidance and accountability for the entire partnership with UNICEF serving as the lead agency and secretariat. Some members of the GAC are also part of UNGEI’s Steering Committee which serves to:

- Provide leadership in the implementation of UNGEI’s strategic directions and collaborative actions;
- Facilitate communication between the GAC and the Secretariat;
- Ensure alignment, understanding and accountability; and
- Facilitate the engagement of GAC members with the partnership.

UNGEI Regional Focal Points (RFPs) in East Asia and the Pacific, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and West and Central Africa facilitate the coordination of girls’ education strategies and interventions at the country level.

In order to maximize efforts which are the most needed and which will have the highest impact on girls’ education around the world, UNGEI is focusing policy advocacy efforts on four key strategic priorities:

- An enhanced focus on marginalized and excluded groups;
- The reduction/elimination of school-related gender-based violence;
- Improved learning outcomes for girls; and
- An increased number of girls transitioning to secondary education and accessing post-primary opportunities.


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