Welcome to Gender Wire. It's a newsletter for, and about, the people and ideas pushing Gender Equality in Education in Asia and Pacific forward.
Global Action Week - Regional Lesson Plan and Drawing Contest!
Very soon (2-8 May) we will mark Global Action Week (GAW), a worldwide event organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE). This year the focus is on girls’ and women’s education. UNESCO Bangkok, in collaboration with partners of UNGEI East Asia and Pacific (EAP), has adapted and translated in more than 20 languages (!) the lesson plan prepared by the GCE. This lesson plan is meant to be used by teachers/trainers to sensitize their pupils and students on issues of gender equality in education and beyond.
We encourage you to download and implement the lesson plan during this year's GAW or even thereafter. Within the lesson plan, we have also introduced the 2011 Drawing Contest on the theme: "How does girls' education help us all?" which you can also help disseminate.
Click here to access the translations.
UK Review of UNESCO's Work on Gender Paints a Mixed Picture
The Multilateral Aid Review by United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) was released in March. The review assesses the value for money for UK aid of 43 multilateral organizations. Although the report is positive on UNESCO providing good policies and actions on issues related to gender, some major criticisms include the need for the organization to be more focused; to improve its leadership of the education sector, particularly with regard to girls; and to improve partnerships. Click here to read the review on UNESCO. UNESCO is refuting the findings, stating that it "does not take into account the particular mandate of a UN Specialized Agency and its larger relevance for multilateral cooperation and foreign policy objectives of individual countries" in particular, neglecting to acknowledge our wider constituencies rather than solely focusing on developing countries. Click here to read the full response from UNESCO.
WHAT'S GOING ON?
NEW ON THE SHELF
- 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report - Gender Overview - The 2011 edition of the Report turns a particular spotlight on how girls and women are affected in times of conflict. Take a look at the Gender Overview which highlights the key findings in this year's report in relation to gender and education.
- Society at a Glance 2011, OECD Social Indicators: It offers a concise overview of quantitative social trends and policies across the OECD. It also features a special chapter on unpaid work. It includes data on major emerging economies, such as China, India & Indonesia.
- A Gender Perspective on Educational Facilities, Sara Lång, CELE Exchange, Centre for Effective Learning Environments, No. 2010/10. This article explores the planning and design of educational facilities from a gender perspective, with a view to guiding future research and policy analysis.
Meet the UNESCO Islamabad Gender Team
Ms. Kozue Kay Nagata has assumed responsibility of Director/Representative of UNESCO to Pakistan in March 2011. She has gained a PhD in Development Studies and Master of International Public Policy in International Economics. She has some 27 years' experience in the UN System, including UN Secretariat and specialized agencies. Ms. Nagata has special interest and expertise in the fields of inclusive education and gender mainstreaming. After assuming responsibilities as Director UNESCO Islamabad, she has been paying special attention to initiatives relating to EFA, Gender, and Inclusive Education.
Mr. Arshad Saeed Khan, Senior National Specialist (Education), has experience of over 28 years in planning and implementation of education programmes. He has worked at the district as well as national level. Education For All is among the global priorities of UNESCO, and Mr. Khan has been contributing to this cause. He believes that numerous social and political problems faced by the country can be overcome by creating a literate society in Pakistan.
Mr. Fakhar-ud-din, Project Officer for the Gender Equality Programme and Gender Focal Point for UNESCO Islamabad, is working for the social empowerment of the adult rural females through non-formal learning opportunities in Pakistan, raising awareness on gender equality and the use of ICTs in education.
Mr. Mohammad Afzal, Project Assistant, is working on the activities related to literacy, non-formal basic education, and early childhood education with a focus on girls and women's education. During the catastrophic floods in Pakistan, he also facilitated in planning the opening of literacy and ECE Centres for the flood-affected people.
Ms. Rukhsana Hussain, Project Assistant, is involved in activities related to education, non-formal education, HIV and AIDS Prevention Education, ECE, gender in education and literacy.
Ms. Faiza Amir, Programme Assistant, is involved in activities related to gender in education and non-formal education, monitoring of CLCs and administrative tasks.
UNESCO Islamabad is implementing a project titled “Gender Equality Programme” under One UN Joint Programme on Gender Cross Cutting Interventions. This includes:
Provision of literacy and continuing education through youth-focused literacy programmes, adult literacy programme and a pilot project on Mobile-based Post Literacy Programme;
Integration of information on gender parity in the teaching and learning materials used in Community Learning Centres and other formal/non-formal learning venues; and
Trainings and awareness-raising campaigns on gender equality for the targeted groups.
Check out their publications:
A COUNTRY AT A GLANCE: PAKISTAN
Gender Gap Index 2010
132 out of 134 countries
GDP (PPP) per capita
Enrolment in primary education
Enrolment in secondary education
Enrolment in tertiary education
Female teachers in primary education
Female teachers in secondary education
Female teachers in tertiary education
Ability of women to rise to positions of enterprise leadership
1=worst score,7=best score
(Source: WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2010)
JUST A QUICK QUESTION
Worldwide, what is the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19?
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