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G.M.B.Akash
G.M.B.Akash

Advancing gender equality in and through education

Spotlight

Quality education is a human right that is a precondition for the self-realisation of women and girls. We believe that quality education is crucial to ensure equal job opportunities, equal access and equal pay for work of equal value, and competitive advantage for women in the global economy.

This starts with access to education but goes far beyond to include the content of education, which must challenge gender stereotypes through curricula, pedagogy, teaching methods and teaching materials. Through education, women and girls can have improved access to career development, financial independence and autonomy, as well as to full participation in the social and political life of their societies.

A great majority of the 32 million educators we represent are women. We work to ensure that women in education have the opportunities and support to lead throughout the sector, within their schools, educational institutions and their unions.

Our Gender Equality Action Plan highlights three main priorities:

  1. Promoting women’s leadership and participation within education unions;
  2. Taking action to increase intersectional gender equality in and through education;
  3. Promoting and securing women’s economic empowerment.

Our work on gender equality is advanced through a number of global structures and regional networks:

  • The Education International Status of Women Committee comprising all female members of our Executive Board;
  • Regional and Sub-Regional Women’s Networks;
  • A quadrennial Women’s Caucus, ahead of each Education International Congress (EI’s highest decision-making body);
  • Triennial EI World Women’s Conferences.

Our work on gender equality

  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 25 November 2023

    Education and schools are key to end gender-based violence

    Isma Benboulerbah

    According to the Violence Against Women & Girls Guide , developed by the World Bank, 818 million women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner. This is almost the total population of sub-Saharan Africa. On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence...

    Read more Education and schools are key to end gender-based violence
  2. Equity and inclusion 26 October 2023

    Gender, education, and a global view on the ‘crisis of care’

    Saba Joshi

    The global pandemic that swept across the world just a few years ago was a grim reminder of the fragility of human lives. Widespread illness and death, economic disruption, mobility restrictions, and lockdowns precipitated by the unabated spread of Covid-19 was shocking, almost unbelievable for many of us.

    Read more Gender, education, and a global view on the ‘crisis of care’
  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 11 October 2023

    Education International joins global call to invest in girls’ rights

    Statement on the International Day of the Girl Child - 11 October 2023

    October 11, the International Day of the Girl Child, is a day of mobilisation and action to advance the rights of girls around the world. Amid worrying developments that have undone decades of progress on girls’ rights, Education International joins allies from around the world in calling for governments and...

    Read more Education International joins global call to invest in girls’ rights
  4. Equity and inclusion 31 July 2023

    Empowering Women Education Workers: Summary of the EILA Regional Network Meeting

    The meeting provided an opportunity for analysis of the current situation, workshops and discussions between colleagues from all over the region. Initiatives such as the campaign for the ratification of ILO Convention 190 and the launch of the Network’s Observatory: Sumemos Igualdad (Let’s Ad Equality).

    Read more Empowering Women Education Workers: Summary of the EILA Regional Network Meeting
  5. Equity and inclusion 29 March 2023

    UN Conference on the Status of Women: We need action to make gender equality in the digital age a reality

    The 67th session of the UN Committee on the Status of Women (CSW67) held in New York, March 6 to 17 adopted conclusions that acknowledge the critical role of technology and innovation in achieving gender equality and recognise the challenges to gender equality in the digital age.

    Read more UN Conference on the Status of Women: We need action to make gender equality in the digital age a reality
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Ending school related gender based violence

  1. Equity and inclusion

    Strategies to end school-related gender-based violence

    The experience of education unions in Africa
    22 December 2019

    The issue of gender-based violence in and around schools and other educational settings is particularly important to education unions and their members. Since everyone in schools – teachers, students, support personnel - can be perpetrator and victim, SRGBV is a violation of both the right to quality education and the...

    Strategies to end school-related gender-based violence
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  2. Equity and inclusion

    Working to end school related gender based violence

    Writings by representatives of education unions from Eastern, West and Southern Africa
    22 December 2019

    The Education International (EI) initiative Education Unions take Action to End School Related Gender Based Violence, is part of more than 30 years of international advocacy to advance gender equality in education and in unions.

    Working to end school related gender based violence
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  3. Equity and inclusion 7 December 2022

    #16Days | Using technology to foster meaningful conversations on gender-based violence

    Aayushi Aggarwal

    Over the past two years, the world has undergone massive changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These abrupt and unpredictable changes have required adjustments to how we work and have challenged us to re-think, re-assess and re-formulate our approaches and engagements. Gender at Work’s engagement with Education International on capacity...

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  4. Equity and inclusion

    Building Momentum to End School-Related Gender-Based Violence in the Time of COVID-19

    1 December 2022

    In 2021-22, Education International (EI), with the technical support of Gender at Work (G@W) and financial contribution from the National Education Association (NEA, USA) implemented a nine-month learning cycle to build further momentum among education unions in Africa to take action to end School-Related Gender-Based Violence (SRGBV).

    Building Momentum to End School-Related Gender-Based Violence in the Time of COVID-19
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  5. Equity and inclusion 30 November 2021

    Education unions adapt their approaches to address school-related gender-based violence through the pandemic

    Rex Fyles

    Over the last six years, Gender at Work (G@W) has been collaborating with Education International (EI) to put education unions at the forefront of global efforts to end gender-based violence in and around schools. When we started, I had no idea what ‘SRGBV’ meant, let alone how to pronounce it....

    Read more Education unions adapt their approaches to address school-related gender-based violence through the pandemic
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Our policy on gender equality