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Gender and Education 

Global education patterns are changing. Within formal education systems, from the primary to the tertiary

levels, opportunities are expanding, literacy levels are improving and enrolment is rising. But are these changes advancing the goal of gender parity and equality in education across regions and countries? 


Between promise and progress

Data indicate that progress towards gender parity at the primary school level continues, yet the gap between boys and girls remains wide. An estimated 31 million girls of primary school age and 32 million girls of lower secondary school age were not enrolled in school in 2013 – narrowing their horizons and undermining their potential to contribute to society.


What is the role of the UIS?

As part of global effort to achieve Education for All by 2015, the UIS produces as many indicators as possible disaggregated by sex, and has developed new indicators that better capture the school experience of girls and boys. These data shed light on national experiences but also help to formulate policies and benchmark progress toward gender parity and equality in education.

Featured Content


UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education
Gender and EFA 2000-2015: Acheivements and challenges
Left Behind: Girls' Education in Africa
World atlas of gender equality in education (2012)
UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education
Gender and EFA 2000-2015: Acheivements and challenges
Left Behind: Girls' Education in Africa
World atlas of gender equality in education (2012)
Global Education Digest 2011: Special focus on secondary education
Global Education Digest 2010: Special focus on gender
Gender-sensitive education statistics and indicators: a practical guide
EFA Global Monitoring Report 2003-4

The following key indicators are used to monitor gender in education globally:
Out-of-school children



Access to education




More data are available in the UIS Data Centre


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