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New Edition of UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education in Run-Up to the 2017 International Women’s Day


Gender equality is inextricably linked to the right to education for all. Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) on education emphasizes the importance of gender equality and aims to eliminate disparities at all levels of education and vocational training by 2030. Easily accessible data is crucial to measuring progress in this regard and identifying areas at every level of education where women and girls are still being left behind.

New Edition of UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics has released a new edition of the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education. The eAtlas identifies gender gaps at all education levels at the global, regional, and national levels using the latest available UIS data. Users can explore the educational pathways of girls and boys in more than 200 countries and territories with about 100 interactive maps and charts, which can be customized and easily shared on social media and websites. The eAtlas offers fast and easy access to precise data in response to users’ questions and provides information needed to shape development policies.

What does the eAtlas tell us?
Do girls and boys have equal access to education? How many years of schooling can a girl entering school expect to complete? Which levels and fields do women pursue in tertiary education and in research careers? The eAtlas lets us navigate through a wide range of indicators on access, transition and completion of each level of education and provides answers to these questions.

For instance, a map on enrolment rates highlights trouble spots where girls struggle to start school. In Asia and the Pacific, girls are less likely than boys to attend primary school in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, where only about 69 and 85 girls, respectively, are enrolled in school for every 100 boys.

Access to school is a particularly pressing issue for girls in South and West Asia, where they represent 52 per cent of primary school-age out-of-school children. Although more boys than girls are enrolled at the secondary level in some countries, enrolment rates for adolescent girls are generally higher than for boys. For example, for every 100 boys enrolled in lower secondary education, there are 125 and 122 girls enrolled in Bangladesh and Kiribati, respectively.

The eAtlas illustrates the wealth of data at our disposal, which provide a critical benchmark for measuring progress toward equity in line with SDG4. For more information, please visit the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education.


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