Having just returned from an invigorating and inspiring Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, at which over 8,000 grassroots activists, NGOs, corporations and politicians gathered to power the movement for gender equality, I was greatly encouraged to see such a focus on education.
Education as a means to achieving gender equality was firmly on the map in Vancouver and was one of the most widely discussed topics – partially as a result of the hard work of INGOs in lobbying the Canadian government to prioritize both gender equality and education during last year’s G7 in Quebec.
Activists know the power of educating girls
It’s vital that we keep up the momentum around gender transformative education this year as France hosts the G7. Alongside impassioned Plan International youth delegates from Senegal and other Sahel countries, this is the argument I am making in Paris this week at the G7 France-UNESCO conference on girls’ and women’s empowerment through education.