Gender equality

GPE is committed to gender equality to ensure all girls and boys enjoy equal education opportunities.

Our results

82 million
more girls
are in school in partner countries since 2002.
$1 billion
in active grants
in 2023 supported gender equality.
of girls
finished primary school in 2021 in partner countries compared to
70% in 2013.


GPE in action

GPE recognizes that gender combines with other factors to create disadvantages and exclusion from education. We believe in addressing gender equality at the system level. This means addressing gender disparity in:

  • Access to education, particularly among the most marginalized children.
  • Within education, by addressing the role gender can play in children’s experiences.
  • Through education, by supporting young people to have equal choices for the future.

Putting gender equality at the heart of education systems: GPE helps partner countries use data and evidence to identify gender barriers within education systems and ensure that plans, policies and processes are in place to address them. The paper “Going Further Together: A Partnership Approach to Gender Equality” highlights the use of gender analysis and evidence by governments and local education groups to guide priority reforms in education.

Investing in gender equality: GPE mobilizes financing and partnerships to help partner countries improve equity, gender equality and inclusion in education. The Girls’ Education Accelerator provides additional funding to speed up progress and dismantle barriers to girls’ schooling. Investments in gender equality include funding gender-responsive strategies, including awareness-raising campaigns, community gender training, female teacher recruitment and separate toilets, among others.

Sharing knowledge and innovation: Gender equality is one of six thematic areas of the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), with a focus on capacity development, knowledge sharing evidence and evaluation, and identification of innovative pilots with potential for scale-up.

Tackling school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV): GPE is a founding member of Safe to Learn, an initiative dedicated to ending violence in schools, so children are free to learn, thrive and pursue their dreams. GPE is piloting a technical assistance initiative on safety from violence – a new approach to building country capacity to plan and implement reforms that make girls and boys safer.

Monitoring and analyzing results: GPE collects gender-disaggregated data and supports governments to establish data systems to monitor key areas relevant to gender inequalities in education.

Advocating for gender equality: At global and regional levels, GPE works with a wide range of partners across sectors to galvanize political support for gender equality. With funding from Education Out Loud, GPE is supporting civil society organizations focusing on girls’ education and gender equality to amplify their voice in national sector dialogue and international policy fora.

Latest blogs and news

June 14, 2024
All African children deserve to learn and thrive
As we get ready to celebrate the Day of the African Child, GPE youth leaders Farida and Massah tell us why education is crucial to achieving a better future for the continent, to promote equality and...
February 18, 2021
Nigeria: Keeping boys and girls in school and learning
GPE is supporting several states in Nigeria to reach out-of-school children and ensure they can access school and receive quality learning, including basic literacy and numeracy, as well as English and social sciences...