SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
More girls than ever before are going to school. Not only do they learn to read and write, but each year that they remain in school after the primary level, reduces their chance of marrying at too young an age. It increases their prospects for employment, health and overall well-being. Girls and women have an equal right to a quality education and learning throughout all phases of their lives.
Despite progress, as many as 48.1 per cent of girls remain out of school in some regions. Gender gaps in primary and secondary enrolment rates have nearly closed, on average. Yet 15 million girls are not in primary school right now, compared to 10 million boys. In adolescence, higher numbers of girls often drop out of secondary school for reasons including early pregnancy and the expectation that they should contribute to household work.
UN Women acts to promote equality in education through the revision of school curricula and policies to counteract gender discrimination, and equal access to vocational education and training as well as information technologies. Together with partners, we have worked on school curriculums and on virtual schools.
From where I stand: "Changing the present, we are also changing the future"
Lamija Gutić, 16, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, entered the world of coding in 2016, through IT Girls, and has learned to create websites and applications. In her country, like in many others, women and girls are often sidelined in the field of science and technology, and Gutić aims to challenge those stereotypes and dreams of a career in ICT.
Take five with Joy Chebet Bii: Why does digital literacy matter for women and girls?
Joy Chebet Bii, 20, from Nairobi, Kenya, is a student of mathematics and computer science and a Mozilla Club captain. Through a partnership between UN Women and The Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Clubs teach web literacy skills to women and girls in Cape Town and Nairobi, and Joy uses her expertise to teach girls in Kibera, Nairobi, basic coding and digital literacy skills.
Unlocking the potential of Afghan women
Girls in Afghanistan are forbidden from attending school, and face harassment and violence when they try to access education or employment. An internship programme by UN Women aims to support female university graduates seeking to enter the job market, and helps them kickstart their careers.