Girl Child Education
& Gender Equality

Girls’ education and gender equality are central to WI’s vision of improved learning and equity for all, through stronger education systems by 2022.

Educated girls and women tend to be healthier, have fewer children, earn more income and provide better health care for themselves and their future children. These benefits also are transmitted from generation to generation and across communities at large, making girls’ education one of the best investments a country can make. Since 2000, good progress has been achieved to boost girls’ enrollment in school. However, an estimated 131 million girls worldwide remain out of school and face multiple barriers to education. These include distance to school, cultural norms and practices, school-related gender-based violence and early or forced marriage. Boys and girls face barriers to getting a good education in conflict-affected areas where safety and security can be compromised and in households that depend on their labor or income.

Keeping girls in school and ensuring they can learn in a safe and supportive environment leads to many benefits for girls themselves, their families, their communities and societies.

Increasing gender equality is one of eight guiding principles of WI 20202, the Wibena Impact’s strategic plan for 2019-2022. Achieving increased equity, gender equality, and inclusion is one of three strategic goals under this plan.

Every day, girls face barriers to education caused by poverty, cultural norms and practices, poor infrastructure, violence, and fragility. The WI has joined with governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and donors to advance multi-sectoral approaches to overcome these challenges. Working together with girls and women, the WI focus includes:

  • Providing Study Abroad programs,student exchange Programs, stipends or scholarships;
  • Reducing distance to school;
  • Targeting boys and men to be a part of discussions about cultural and societal practices;
  • Ensuring gender-sensitive curricula and pedagogies;
  • Hiring and training qualified female teachers;
  • Building safe and inclusive learning environments for girls and young women;
  • Ending child/early marriage; and
  • Addressing violence against girls and women.

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