19 July 2021

Gender equality in education: Digging beyond the obvious

Author: Fabricia Devignes
Published by: UNESCO
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Young girls in class in the Kaduna region of Nigeria. ©UNESCO/Shutterstock

When we talk about gender inequality in education, we first think about the barriers to schooling for girls and young women. And for good reason: three-quarters of the children who are at risk of never going to school are girls. Yet disparities exist in other dimensions of education, sometimes to the detriment of boys. To reduce them, IIEP-UNESCO favours an intersectional approach, which looks at gender through all other forms of discrimination and social exclusion. Here is blog discusses how this approach works in practise.