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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. 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...

    Read more #16Days | Using technology to foster meaningful conversations on gender-based violence
  2. Climate action and literacy 5 December 2022

    #16Days | Brazilian women fighting to protect the Amazon

    Fátima da Silva

    The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international UN Women campaign that has been running since 1991 and which provides an opportunity to reflect on the issue of abuse suffered by women around the world. The campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December and this year...

    Read more #16Days | Brazilian women fighting to protect the Amazon
  3. Equity and inclusion 2 December 2022

    #16Days | Ending the Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls

    Tesa Fiddler

    The tragedy of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls must not continue to be part of the narrative of Canada. Indigenous women and girls have experienced colonial violence and genocide for hundreds of years and it must end.

    Read more #16Days | Ending the Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls
  4. Democracy 30 November 2022

    #16Days | I was less afraid of a russian missile than of a russian soldier: Sexual violence as a weapon of war in Ukraine

    Kateryna Maliuta-Osaulova

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 marked the beginning of a collective nightmare. Attacks against civilians, including sexual violence against women and girls have been used as part of the campaign of terror to intimidate the population. This first-hand account from Ukraine details the horrors war unleashed but...

    Read more #16Days | I was less afraid of a russian missile than of a russian soldier: Sexual violence as a weapon of war in Ukraine
  5. Trade union rights are human rights 28 November 2022

    #16Days | Woman, life, freedom!

    Khazar Lotfi

    The death of Jina Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish-Iranian woman has sparked nationwide protests in Iran since September. Educators and students were amongst the first to go on strike in protest against the Islamic regime’s brutality and in support of Iranians fighting for their freedom. As the voice of teachers...

    Read more #16Days | Woman, life, freedom!
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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...

    Read more #16Days | Using technology to foster meaningful conversations on gender-based violence
  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 ([email protected]) 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 ([email protected]) 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