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UNESCO fast-tracking girls’ and women’s education


Too many girls and women are still held back by social norms and traditional school practices infl­uencing their educational right and opportunities. But we know that their education is the most powerful investment to make for our collective future.

Her education, our future is UNESCO’s drive to accelerate action for girls’ and women’s education by leveraging political and financial commitments, as well as leadership for women and girls. It will contribute to the UNESCO Strategy for Gender Equality in and through Education (2019-2025) and its three pillars aiming for better data to inform action for gender equality in and through education; better legal, policy and planning frameworks to advance rights; and better-quality learning opportunities to empower.  

On International Day of the Girl Child (11 October 2019), UNESCO is highlighting the role of education in empowering girls to be a force for lasting change. We are celebrating the GirlForce: champions who are working to empower girls and women to reach their full potential and the girls who, through education, have managed to walk past gender norms and bias to follow their dreams.

The laureates of the 2019 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education will also receive their award on the Day for their work advancing girls’ and women’s education.

Join our #HerEducationOurFuture campaign on social media and tell us what makes you a GirlForce!



Her Atlas, UNESCO's interactive Atlas of girls’ and women’s right to education, conceived as a monitoring and advocacy tool, aims to enhance public knowledge of the status of national constitutions, legislation and regulations related to girls’ and women’s education rights.