HerAtlas: Monitoring the right to education for girls and women

Education is a human right, so why are more than 118.5 million girls out of school around the world? (UIS).

Use Her Atlas to find out where girls and women have their educational rights legally protected.

  • New updates

Check our last updates on several country profiles: Afghanistan, Angola, Azerbaijan, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

  • Key figures

Check our page with key figures on girls and women’s right to education, based on HerAtlas. It is regularly updated to reflect the last updates on the tool

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Legislation enshrines the right to education for all girls and women

UNESCO’s interactive tool, Her Atlas, allows users to explore the educational rights of girls and women around the world. With a color-coded scoring system that tracks legal indicators such as constitutions and legislation, the maps make it possible to visually monitor the legal progress toward securing the right to education for women in all countries.

Despite important progress in recent decades, the right to education is still far from being a reality for many girls and women. Discriminatory practices stand in the way of girls and women fully exercising their right to participate in, complete, and benefit from education.

Her Atlas measures the status of national legal frameworks related to girls’ and women’s right to education using 12 indicators. For each country, Her Atlas provides information in a visual and easily understood format. For each indicator, a score on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) is attributed based on the analysis of the legal provisions in force in the country. The graphic presentation of the scores is accompanied by explanatory comments.

Based on the information collected and feedback received from States, Her Atlas will be further developed and updated periodically in the lead up to 2030 – the deadline set for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4. It will not only enable better follow up of changes in the national normative frameworks that regulate girls’ and women’s right to education, but also will encourage countries to improve their legal and policy frameworks.

UNESCO strongly encourages and invites States to share comments and suggestions, supported by relevant legal texts, by sending an email to her.atlas@unesco.org.

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