Twice as many girls as boys will never start school says UNESCO eAtlas launched in advance of International Women’s Day.
In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education shows that girls are still the first to be denied the right to education despite all the efforts and progress made over the past 20 years.
Gender disparities remain highest in the Arab States, sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia.
Across sub-Saharan Africa, 9.5 million girls will never set foot in a classroom compared to 5 million boys, according to UIS data. In total, more than 30 million children aged of six to 11 are out of school across the region. Some will start at a later age, but many more will remain entirely excluded with girls facing the biggest barriers.
The gender gap is even wider in South and West Asia, where 80% of out of schoolgirls will never enter formal education compared to 16% of out-of-school boys. This affects about 4 million girls compared to less than 1 million boys.
Girls from the majority of the millions of children excluded from school in the Arab States, although precise estimates are impossible to produce due to conflicts in the region.