International Women’s Day is a global call to action for accelerating efforts towards gender equality - a critical moment in a pivotal year for the rights of women and girls.
2020 marks 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most comprehensive global roadmap for the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls yet.
This year also marks the start of the Decade of Action to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. Now is the time to take stock of what has been achieved, while also looking ahead to new challenges that must be overcome to advance our shared vision for humanity.
Gender equality in education is at the heart of the SDG agenda. It is essential for our societies and economies to thrive. Education has the potential to empower girls and boys to fulfill their potential, have greater agency over their lives, and challenge the status quo.
An equal world is an enabled world, and only when all boys and all girls achieve their right to education will we have a chance at tackling the major challenges of our time.