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Educating Girls & Gender Equality

Agenda 2030 highlights the importance of gender equality and insists that every child should have the right to a safe, formal, quality education and access to lifelong learning. Access to education should not be determined by a child’s gender. Yet, girls are still 1.5 times more likely than boys to be completely excluded from primary education, and by 2016, less than half of all countries had achieved gender parity in education at secondary level.

Globally, 130 million girls are out of school and 15 million girls of primary school age will never even enter a classroom. This impacts directly on the wellbeing of girls who cannot develop much-needed skills to take charge of their lives, homes and careers. Women’s education also increases their workforce participation, directly affecting their cities’ and countries economic growth and productivity.

Friends of Europe

What role should the EU play to help countries fulfil their promise to close the gender gap by 2030?

And what action needs to be taken to overcome the complex global barriers to not only getting girls into school but also providing them with a meaningful education and the required skills to enter into the work force?

Moderated by
Shada Islam, Director for Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe

27 February 2019

This event is exclusively for Friends of Europe’s members, EU institution representatives and media.

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