The Director-General Participates in Opening of the Commission on the Status of Women

March 10 - The Director-General joined the opening of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women that will spotlight the achievement made and the gaps that remain in the lives of world’s women and girls less than 700 days from the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Gathering UN entities, Member States and over 800 civil society organizations, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will review the access and participation of women and girls to education, science and technology, as well as the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.

Attending the launch of the Gender Summary of UNESCO’s Education for All "EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14", the Director-General stressed that “Education is the most powerful route to build a better future for all. It is not only the right of girls, it is in the interest of the whole society.

Gender equality is one of the most powerful transformational forces to construct peace and social inclusion”.  Alongside the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, she appealed to Member States “to invest in girls’ education, to craft mechanisms to encourage girls to go and remain in school.” The summary finds that a serious imbalance in global education has left over 100 million young women in low and lower middle income countries unable to read a single sentence, and will prevent half of the 31 million girls out of school from ever enrolling.

The summary calls for equity to be at the forefront of the new global development agenda.