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Fight Poverty, Invest in Girls. Global Action Week for Education for All focuses on Gender Discrimination
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The week marks Global Action Week (2-8 May 2011), an annual event observed
worldwide to highlight the importance of Education for All. This year’s theme is “Fight poverty, invest in girls”, to draw attention to gender discrimination that remains so pervasive in education.The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu
organizes on the occasion of the week a variety of events. The investment in girls’ and women’s education offers high returns, including accelerated social and economic progress, and the unique power to break the cycle of poverty.
However, Inequality in education cripples the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. While the rights of women have made significant progress, women are still not treated equally in many countries. According to UNFPA statistics, women perform 66 per cent of the world’s work; help to produce 50 per cent of global food output; but earn less than 10 per cent of the global income and own just one per cent of the global property stock. Although the gender gap in education has narrowed over the past decade, girls
are still at a disadvantage, particularly in their access to upper secondary
education. Women in South Asia, for example have only half as many years of
education as their male counterparts, and female enrollment rates at the upper
secondary level are two-thirds of those of males. Data of the Department of
Education show that participation of both boys and girls in upper secondary
education in Nepal is strikingly low i.e. only 26 per cent in 2010-11.
UNESCO ,   (2011 )
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 UNESCO : Educational, Scientific and Cultural
14.01.00  -  Advancement Of Women
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