Building peace in the minds of men and women

Priority Gender Equality

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Article by Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, and Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland.

International Women's Day 2021

"Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world"

COVID-19 UNESCO RESPONSE

States must prevent COVID-19 cultural catastrophe

Read the message from Karima Bennoune,
UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

Women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 750 million adults without basic literacy skills; women represent less than 30% of the world’s researchers; and women journalists are more exposed to assault, threat or physical, verbal or digital attack than their male counterparts.

UNESCO believes that all forms of discrimination based on gender are violations of human rights, as well as a significant barrier to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Our message is clear: women and men must enjoy equal opportunities, choices, capabilities, power and knowledge as equal citizens. Equipping girls and boys, women and men with the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills to tackle gender disparities is a precondition to building a sustainable future for all.

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