Protecting Women and Girls’ Access to Education
"I've always believed that when you educate a girl, you empower a nation."
–Queen Rania of Jordan
Far too many girls are born into cultures where gender is a primary cause for exclusion in the 21st century. Education is a basic human right, yet persistent inequalities in education cripple the lives of millions of women and girls worldwide. About one-third of countries in the developing regions have not achieved gender equality–equal opportunities for both boys and girls–in primary education. In sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, and Western Asia, girls still face barriers to entering both primary and secondary school. These disadvantages in education also translate into lack of access to skills and limited opportunities in the labor market for young women.
Women’s and girls’ empowerment is essential in order to expand economic growth and promote social development. With a quality education, women and girls can break the vicious cycle of poverty, and help shape the world according to their aspirations. They can make informed choices, improving the lives of their families and communities, and promoting the health and welfare of the next generation. Representing half of the world’s population, empowering women and girls means empowering societies as a whole.
In this committee, delegates will come together to develop solutions that tackle inequalities and ensure universal access to a quality education and promote lifelong learning for all women and girls.