Girls' education and gender equality are central to GPE's vision of improved learning and equity for all, through stronger education systems by 2020.
Since 2000, good progress has been achieved to boost girls' enrollment in school. However, an estimated 131 million girls worldwide remain out of school and face multiple barriers to education. These include distance to school, cultural norms and practices, school-related gender-based violence and early or forced marriage. Boys and girls face barriers to getting a good education in conflict-affected areas where safety and security can be compromised and in households that depend on their labor or income.
Keeping girls in school and ensuring they can learn in a safe and supportive environment leads to many benefits for girls themselves, their families, their communities and societies.
Increasing gender equality is one of eight guiding principles of GPE 2020, the partnership’s strategic plan for 2016-2020. Achieving increased equity, gender equality, and inclusion is one of three strategic goals under this plan.