The Right to Education - A Gender Perspective
As an essential part of UNESCO’s Constitutional duty for ensuring “full and equal opportunities for education for all”, the understanding of the Right to Education is one of the major challenges, as many children and adults remain deprived of crucial education in today’s learning contexts. UNESCO and the UN expanded the right to education as famous worldwide right.
It is a fundamental UNESCO’s concern and a basic part of its Constitution which conveys the belief of its founders in “full and equal opportunities for education for all” and determination “to advance the ideal of equality of educational opportunity”.
UNESCO has a valuable and vital role in the development of the Education for All (EFA) goals. The development of education and gender equality are the main concerns of UNESCO. Additionally, UNESCO and the UN Human Rights play a crucial role in information-sharing and programmatic action with the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women) Committee.
Although gender equality is a human right, persisting challenges remain in ensuring girls’ right to education, in law and in practice. According to the latest EFA Global Monitoring Report (2010) “young girls accounted for 54% of the
global out-of school population in 2007. The proportion of out-of school girls is highest in the Arab States, Central Asia and South and West Asia”. These regions account for most of the countries furthest away from achieving gender equality in education.
According to 7th Consultation on the measures taken for the implementation of the UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education, women and girls are often omitted from education while several country reports indicate the persistence of gender stereotyping.
The right to education focused on how to protect and promote girls’ right to education as a fundamental human right and were based on the right to education and its legal framework, including: the UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Link for more information http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/right-to-education/