18-19 JUNE 2019 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

GENDER EQUALITY IN EDUCATION

Equality in education

Tackling global challenges like climate change and healthcare in sustainable and inclusive ways requires the active involvement of educated women as well as educated men.

Yet greater numbers of girls than boys remain out of school worldwide and the overwhelming majority of adults who lack basic literacy skills are women. The gender imbalance is particularly stark in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Girls also face greater challenges than boys in gaining qualifications and experience in vocational education and training (VET). However, boys face also gender inequality, including in contexts where they are more likely to drop out of school for work, or for other reasons.

Addressing the challenges of gender inequality in education is complex and requires the involvement of men and boys, women and girls throughout society and its institutions. Ensuring that girls and boys are equally engaged in learning will give everyone a better stake in a safer future.