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The Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes that "States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or status".

    Comparing Education Statistics Across the World

    www.uis.unesco.org ] Languages:  English 
    The 2010 edition of the Global Education Digest focuses on gender and education to mark the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. Shortly after this landmark conference in 1995, the international community pledged to eliminate gender disparities at all levels of education by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As the official source of data to monitor advancement towards these goals, the UIS has released the Digest on the eve of the UN Millennium Summit (New York, 20-22 September) to present the latest available data to analyse national progress and pitfalls in offering every child and young person equal access to education regardless of their sex. UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), 2010.

  • UNICEF special podcast on education and gender equality
    www.educationandtransition.org ] Languages:  English 
    Special podcast marking International Women’s Day 2010: According to latest UNICEF estimates, girls make up more than half of the 101 million children of primary school age that are not in school. To look at the advances made and challenges ahead for girls’ education, moderator Amy Costello spoke to Tamara Kreinin, executive director of Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation, and the Honourable Ambassador Professor Samson Kagengo Ongeri, Kenya’s Minister of Education and UNICEF Champion for Child-Friendly Schools.

  • The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI)
    www.ungei.org ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish 
    The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI), launched in April 2000, is a partnership that embraces the United Nations system, governments, donor countries, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, and communities and families. UNGEI provides stakeholders with a platform for action and galvanizes their efforts to get girls in school. Its goal is to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education and to ensure that by 2015, all children complete primary schooling, with girls and boys having equal access to all levels of education.

  • The gender gap in education and science
    www.uis.unesco.org ] Languages:  English | French
    In an effort to track progress towards attaining equality for women in education and science, the UIS conducted an analysis of sex-disaggregated data for key indicators in these fields. This information sheet presents an overview of participation and gender parity in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as adult literacy rates. It also highlights the gender gap in science. The paper was presented at the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in February 2010.

  • Fifty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW): "The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child"
    www.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    The fifty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place from 26 February to 9 March 2007. In accordance with its multi-year programme of work for 2007-2009, the Commission considered "The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child" as its priority theme.

  • Early Marriage: A Harmful Traditional Practice (UNICEF, April 2005)
    www.unicef.org ] Languages:  English 
    Using data from the Demographic and Household Surveys, this publication estimates the prevalence of child marriage and seeks to identify and understand the factors associated with child marriage and cohabitation.

  • Online Discussion: Education and Training of Women and the Girl-child
    www.un.org ] Languages:  English 
    From October 2004 to January 2005, WomenWatch hosted a series of online discussions on the Platform's critical areas of concern and other important issues to provide input into the review and appraisal of the Bejing Declaration and Platform for Action. All postings and background notes are available for reading as archived online discussion.

  • Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
    www.unicef-icdc.org ] Languages:  English | French | Spanish | Arabic 
    UNICEF's Innocenti Digest examines the prevalence of FGM/C and its social dynamics. It provides an explanation as to why the practice persists and of the elements necessary for its abandonment. (UNICEF, 2005)

  • UNICEF: Girls' education
    www.unicef.org ] Languages:  English 

  • 'Beyond School Books': Gender equality (Podcast)
    www.unicef.org ] Languages:  English 
    Segment #6 of ‘Beyond School Books’, a UNICEF podcast series on education in emergencies, focuses on education as a key to the advancement of women in countries emerging from conflict. UNICEF, 2008

  • UNFPA: A Time Between - Empower Girls to Delay Pregnancy until Physical and Emotional Maturity
    www.unfpa.org ] Languages:  English 

  • UNESCO: When girls go missing from the classroom
    www.unesco.org ] Languages:  English 
    Journal about gender gap in African schools, 2001

  • Child Labour Statistics (ILO SIMPOC)
    www.ilo.org ] Languages:  English 
    Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Laybour: Global child labour with surveys and statistics

  • A special website dedicated to the truth that all girls everywhere have the right to develop to their full potential.
    www.girlsrights.org ] Languages:  English 
    Working groups on Girls

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