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We’ve Made Massive Progress Educating Girls Around the World in the Last 25 Years, Says Report


Over the past 25 years, the proportion of girls receiving an education worldwide has risen to 89%, a 16% increase since 1995.

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A UNESCO report released last month shows that 180 million more girls have been enrolled in primary and secondary education compared to a generation ago.

In addition, there are now three times as many women enrolled in universities.

The Global Education Monitoring Report entitled, A new generation: 25 years of efforts for gender equality in education assessed progress in girls’ education over the past two and a half decades since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark commitment by 189 countries to advance the rights of girls and women.

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“We all know that education is the cornerstone of equality, and the education of girls and women is the first step towards a more gender-equitable world,” said the UN group in a press release.

Since 1995, the global enrollment rate for girls has increased from 73% to 89%, with the greatest improvements seen in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and especially India.

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Significant progress has been made in primary schools in 23 countries, including Bhutan, Djibouti and Nepal, where gender parity has been achieved compared to 1995, when fewer than 80 girls for every 100 boys were in school.

Today, there are three times as many women enrolled in universities than two decades ago, with particular progress in North Africa and West Asia. In Morocco, parity was achieved in 2018, compared to just 3 registered women for every 10 men in the early 1990s.

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