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Two-part learning series: Inclusive education for girls with disabilities

Wed, 09 Jun, 2021 - Wed, 09 Jun, 2021
14:00-15:15 CEST
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UN Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) with IIEP-UNESCO, UNICEF, Sightsavers, Humanity & Inclusion

In the lead up to the G7 and the Global Education Summit convened by the Global Partnership for Education, the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), UNICEF, UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO), Sightsavers and Humanity & Inclusion are joining forces to launch two-part webinar series on inclusive education for girls with disabilities! 

When safe, quality education is available to all, it has the potential to transform our societies and reverse inequalities. 


Global-level webinar

No girl with disabilities left behind: an intersectional approach to education, Wednesday 9 June, 8:00-9:15 EDT | 14:00-15:15 CEST 

The global-level webinar will provide a platform for advocacy, learning and exchange to make the case for inclusive education for girls with disabilities, in the lead up to the G7 and GPE Global Education Summit.

Evidence from the Western and Central African region will be presented, leading to recommendations for cooperation, advocacy, funding, and best practice at the international level.

Speakers representing donor countries, civil society, organisations of persons with disabilities and youth advocates will come together to call for more inclusive and gender-responsive education systems, identifying priority areas for action to address intersectionality (gender and disability) in education. 

Moderator: Daniela Gordon, young activist, Interamerican Institute of Disability and Inclusive Development (iiDi) 

Wongani Grace Taulo, UNICEF 
Margo Greenwood, Sightsavers
Valentina Pomatto, Humanity & Inclusion 

Alicia Herbert, UK Gender Envoy, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 
Paul Fife, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)

MP Hon. Dennitah Ghati, International Parliamentary Network for Education (IPNEd)
Houraye Mamadou Anne, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) 
Hawa, youth activist, Humanity & Inclusion 

Event recording: 


Regional-level webinar

Gender and disability inclusion in education: evidence from West and Central Africa, Tuesday 25th May, 14:00-15:30 GMT |15:00-16:30 CEST  

Girls with disabilities are still being denied their right to education. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing gender inequalities and presented new challenges for inclusive education systems. Building on studies conducted by UNICEF, Humanity & Inclusion and Sightsavers in West Africa, the regional-level webinar will shed light on the importance of intersectionality in education, with a focus on gender and disability. The event will stimulate discussions around the local, national and regional responses that are needed to effectively address barriers and ensure inclusive education for girls with disabilities. 

Moderator: Fabricia Devignes, IIEP-UNESCO 


  1. Jennifer Pye, IIEP-UNESCO 

  2. Dr Rita Bissoonauth, AU/CIEFFA 

  3. Hatouma Gakou, President of Mali Federation of OPDs 

  4. Solange Akpo, ANCEFA 

Event recording: 


Events available in English, French, Portuguese.

CART captions and closed captions provided. ASL interpretation provided for both events. 



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