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Girls' education and gender equality. Despite progress in recent years, girls continue to suffer severe disadvantage and exclusion in education systems throughout their lives.

Girls' education and gender equality

An estimated 31 million girls of primary school age and 32 million girls of lower secondary school age were out of school in 2013. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest proportion of countries with gender parity: only two out of 35 countries. 15 women leading the way for girls’ education. Across the globe, about 31 million girls of primary school age are not in school.

15 women leading the way for girls’ education

And in Sub-Saharan Africa, it’s estimated that if current trends continue that it won’t be until 2086 when all girls will be completing primary school. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re honoring 15 women who are using their voices, leadership and influence to make progress for girls’ education globally. This is by no means an exhaustive list – just a few out of millions of women who are helping make change happen. Why it’s hard for girls in rural India to stay in school. JUDY WOODRUFF: Fifteen years ago, the United Nations set a goal: By this year, every child in every nation should be able to obtain free basic education.

Why it’s hard for girls in rural India to stay in school

While the number of children out of school has been cut almost in half, there are still 57 million worldwide who have never set foot in a classroom. Hundreds of millions more have dropped out. PBS has been reporting on the global education crisis by following six children from different countries over 12 years, part of WNET’s documentary series “Time for School.” Tonight, we travel to India, where nearly 100 percent of children start primary school. But especially for girls in rural areas, staying in school remains a challenge, and literacy rates have not improved. The Malala Fund. Most girls Preeti’s village don’t go to school.

The Malala Fund

Some are forced to marry young. Other girls are kept home because their parents fear they will face street harassment or sexual violence on the walk to school. Some families can’t afford school fees. Preeti knew she was lucky to attend secondary school, but didn’t know how to help the girls who didn’t have that same chance. Thanks to Malala Fund supporters, Preeti attended leadership and advocacy training to help her fight for girls in her community.  Global Campaign For Education United States Chapter. By WomenOne Despite significant progress made in achieving the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education, an estimated 63 million adolescents remain out of school.

 Global Campaign For Education United States Chapter

Barriers to education disproportionately affect girls and include poverty, gender-based violence, child marriage, and pregnancy. WomenOne and the Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) are dedicated to ensuring the provision of quality education to all children. Recently, WomenOne focused our efforts on improving quality of education for a small community in rural Haiti. Haiti has a rich history, but decades of political instability coupled with ineffective development practices have left the majority of Haitians without vital services or opportunities for economic growth. Girls and Women - Africa Educational Trust.

Across many of the communities and countries where we work, girls and women are missing out on the chance to access education.

Girls and Women - Africa Educational Trust

The status of girls’ and women’s education in these regions is shocking: A girl in South Sudan is more likely to die in childbirth than to finish primary school.Fewer than 2% of girls in Somalia attend secondary school.By grade 5 only half as many girls as boys attend school in Uganda and Kenya.Only one disabled woman is educated for every five disabled men in East Africa.Fewer than 12% of teachers in Uganda are female, and only 3% in Somalia. In areas where there is high poverty and decades of conflict, girls face enormous challenges that limit their ability to get the education they deserve. Women in Afghanistan: the back story. Afghanistan has a tumultuous recent past.

Women in Afghanistan: the back story

In the last three decades, the country has been occupied by communist Soviet troops and US-led international forces, and in the years in between has been ruled by militant groups and the infamous oppressive Islamic Taliban. Throughout the changing political landscape of Afghanistan in the last fifty years, women's rights have been exploited by different groups for political gain, sometimes being improved but often being abused. 'Afghan women were the ones who lost most from the war and militarisation.' Malala: The girl who was shot for going to school. Image copyright AFP One year ago schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen - her "crime", to have spoken up for the right of girls to be educated.

Malala: The girl who was shot for going to school

The world reacted in horror, but after weeks in intensive care Malala survived. Her full story can now be told.