Category Archives: Equity

One in ten girls in sub-Saharan Africa miss school during their period

In countries around the world, menstrual hygiene and inadequate sanitation facilities are causing girls to miss classes. Across Africa, a 2016 study by Human Rights Watch estimated that one in ten African girls missed school during menstruation. Yet many countries … Continue reading

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Can better sanitary care help keep African girls in school?

This blog was written by Elizabeth Tofaris, University of Cambridge, on behalf of the Impact Initiative for international development research, which seeks to connect policymakers and practitioners with the world-class social science research supported by the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership to maximize the … Continue reading

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Gender norms also harm the education of boys

Last month, the 2018 Gender Review of the GEM Report focused on the universally acknowledged fact that girls face many more barriers in education, especially in the poorest countries. Yet, this fact often overshadows another concern, which receives a lot … Continue reading

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Gender stereotypes in Bangladeshi, Indonesian, Malaysian and Pakistani textbooks

By M Niaz Asadullah, Professor of Development Economics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia, and Kazi Mukitul Islam, German Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Female education is widely believed to benefit society through both economic and non-economic channels. Yet, for decades, girls … Continue reading

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Highlights from the 2018 Gender Review launch in New York

“Young women aren’t the changemakers of the future, they are the here and now” said GenUN Fellow, Rabita Tareque to a room of civil society representatives, teachers, policy makers, academics and donors at Thursday’s global launch of the Global Education … Continue reading

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Stepping up the pace towards gender equality in education through stronger accountability

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. It also acts as a reminder that although much has been accomplished around the world, there is a long way to go … Continue reading

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Having a disability shouldn’t affect your access to education

Everyone has the right to education but for some people accessing this education is far harder than it should be. Marking December 3, which is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are focusing on some of the barriers … Continue reading

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