What UNESCO does for Gender Equality

UNESCO makes an original and holistic contribution to creating an enabling environment for gender equality through coordinated actions in its five distinct major programmes:

  • in Education, UNESCO addresses gender disparities and promotes equality throughout the education system – in participation in education (access), within education (content, context and practices, delivery modes and assessments), and through education (learning outcomes, life and work opportunities)
  • In the Natural Sciences, UNESCO works towards providing strong role models for women, develops women’s capacities, and supports knowledge generation and dissemination that contributes to advancing equitable and sustainable development
  • In the Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO fosters the inclusion of gender equality considerations in social inclusion and transformation policies. In its activities targeting young people, the Organization places special emphasis on the needs, expectations and aspiration of women in disadvantaged positions. It also develops the capacities of men and boys to become strong gender equality advocates
  • Ensuring that women and men equally enjoy the right to access, participate in and contribute to cultural life is a guiding principle for UNESCO’s work on Culture. The international Cultural Conventions promote the inclusion of all community members in their implementation at the international, national and local levels, encouraging women and men to benefit equally from heritage and creativity
  • UNESCO’s Communication and Information programme spearheads unique initiatives to empower women and girls, such as the development of Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) and the promotion of gender-sensitive Open Educational Resource policies.

Through identifying Gender Equality as a global priority for the Organization, UNESCO has committed to making a positive and lasting contribution to women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world.

UNESCO's Actions on Gender Equality