Safe space for education

Gender inequality in education takes many forms depending on the context. Though gender inequality affects girls and boys, women and men, girls and women are more often disadvantaged.   

Among the obstacles in the way of women’s and girls’ ability to exercise their right to participate in, complete and benefit from education are poverty, geographical isolation, minority status, disability, early marriage and pregnancy, gender-based violence, and traditional attitudes about the status and role of women.

Gender-based discrimination in education is both a cause and a consequence of broader forms of gender inequality in society. Read more

Lutheran schools in Zimbabwe
© The Lutheran World Federation
Government to adapt Lutheran gender policy to fit school curriculum - 16 Days of Activism
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Seng Mun© Johanna Kurki, Finn Church Aid
10 year-old Seng Mun: "Everything is Best in School"
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Mary Ajol © Ville Palonen, Finn Church Aid
Martha is no longer afraid on her way to school.
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Navin Phan© Ville Asikainen, Finn Church Aid
Navin Phan, 14, loves to read: “I want to have a good education.” Read her story pdf


© Johanna Kaprio
A soldier with a rifle and a stun grenade standing next to girls going to school in Tuqu’ near Bethlehem.

© Johanna Kaprio
Kids leaving to Tuqu’an school, while army is constantly present around the school premises.

© Johanna Kaprio
Children from Tuqu’an school are hiding from the Israel Army soldiers.

© Kukka Rant
Palestine: The girl in the picture is doing her homework after their house has been demolished.

© Rev. Dr. Marco Mahin
Healing ministry of the Christian University in Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia.


© Rev. Dr. Marco Mahin
Healing ministry of the Christian University in Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia.


© Rev. Dr. Marco Mahin
Healing ministry of the Christian University in Central Kalimantan province, Indonesia. They offer free treatment for villagers who live in areas where there were forest fires.


© Ruth Setijadi
During a workshop for Sunday school teachers in West-Papua ministered by the Christian education team of the Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia.


© Blessed Lilian Moyo
School children in Church at Musume High School, Zimbabwe.

© Blessed Lilian Moyo
School children in Church at Musume High School, Zimbabwe.


© Blessed Lilian Moyo
School children in Church at Musume High School, Zimbabwe.

© Blessed Lilian Moyo
School children in Church at Musume High School, Zimbabwe.

© Islamic Relief
Education and training for women.

© Community Development Project, Church of Bangladesh EKOTA programme, Dhaka
Nurses after completing their course at convocation.


@ Ranjita Borgoary
Awareness raising programme on violence against women in Odhisa. Many congregations have joined the programme, organised at Doolahat Bazar Assam Evangelical Lutheran Church.

@ Ranjita Borgoary
Congregations participating in the awareness raising programme by the Doolahat Bazar Assam Evangelical Lutheran Church.

@ Ranjita Borgoary
Awareness rasising programme on violence against women in Odhisa.


© World YWCA
Young women from around the world come together to learn new leadership skills, share ideas and reflect at the World YWCA Young Women’s Forum. Stories pdf


© World YWCA

Mira Smeirat, YWCA Jordan
“There is a girl I will never forget. She was really shy and she didn’t use to talk in public. I worked with her on the leadership skills and I used to give her tasks and books to read and invite her to meetings and conferences. She changed from being an enclosed person to someone who leads a big group. I think when you give a chance to someone, you can influence the others and at the same time when you are a good role model others will follow you and you can change them.” Read more stories pdf

 

Action

• Please look at the photos and pray for all who give their time, energy and skills to educate girls and women.

• Contact a participating coalition partners of your choice and share with them, how you will continue to work for overcoming gender inequality in education also after the end of this campaign.

Additional resources and information

At age 10, a girl in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is at a crossroads. Which path she takes does not only matter for her own life. It matters for the lives of all of us. This publication (supplement of the UNFPA's State of the World Population report) tells the stories of eight 10-year-old girls from across this region. It gives a short overview of some of the key challenges and opportunities they and their peers are facing. And it puts these in the broader context of what investments are needed to reap the demographic dividend in this region.

Global education patterns are changing. Within formal education systems, from the primary to the tertiary
levels, opportunities are expanding, literacy levels are improving and enrolment is rising. But are these changes advancing the goal of gender parity and equality in education across regions and countries?

Raising the ratio of girls to boys in education was one of the eight millennium development goals agreed by world leaders in 2000. But despite 10 years of commitments – and progress in some regions – closing the gap remains a significant challenge. Use our interactive, based on data from the Global Education Digest 2011, to compare countries and see how the gender gap in education has changed over time.

The gender gap in education pdf