Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa: Transforming Education for a Sustainable Future
Credit: Mohamed Keita

This event, to be held on the margins of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, will offer an intergenerational space for dialogue on how to ensure inclusive and quality education for all girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular by:

  • examining the gender dimensions of the impact of climate change on girls’ and young women’s education in different contexts, including its repercussions on the 12-year goalpost for education;
  • highlighting how 12 years of education for girls can be achieved in fragile and climate-affected contexts in sub-Saharan Africa, including by systemically mobilizing financial resources to achieve this goal;
  • analyzing how Education for Sustainable Development is being included in educational curricula across sub-Saharan Africa and effectively equipping women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa to become agents of change;
  • facilitating knowledge exchange on the collective, intergenerational and sustained actions needed to limit the impact of climate change on girls’ education, so that all women and girls can contribute to building a more sustainable future; and
  • making a contribution to the upcoming HLPF’s in-depth review of SDG 4 (Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 14 and 16 (Life Below Water and on Land), SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals).

Time: 1–2:30PM ET/5-6:30PM UTC

Moderator: Daniel Seymour, Director of Strategic Partnerships, UN Women


  • H.E. Marina Sereni, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of Italy
  • Representative of Kenya
  • H.E. Mr. Abdou Abarry, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nations
  • Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Selina Nkoile, Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Youth Leader
  • Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UN Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel
  • Rita Bissoonauth, Head of the African Union International Center for Girls and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA)
  • HRH Princess Abze Djigma, Chair of the International Jury of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development and Chair of the HRH Princess Abze Djigma Foundation
  • Sarah Beardmore, Senior Partnerships Specialist, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
  • Nathalie Gabala, Regional Director, West, Central and North Africa, Mastercard Foundation (TBC)
  • Prof. Thierno Souleymane Barry, Law Professor and Lawyer, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University GLC of Sonfonia
  • Alice Mukashyaka, Advocacy Manager for Education and Livelihoods from Restless Development
  • Robert Jenkins, Global Director of Education, UNICEF



Credit: Mohamed Keita
Event type: Conferences
Italy, Japan, Kenya, Niger