Welcome back to PCF’s blog and March 2018’s Spotlight edition! In honour of International Women’s Day (8 March), this month we have been focusing on the theme of women’s empowerment, with a particular emphasis on girls’ education. The following articles are a small selection of some of this month’s best, most interesting, and/or most inspiring pieces along this theme.
Her Turn: It’s time to make refugee girls’ education a priority
UNHCR, 8 March 2018
Education is a human right, yet access to it is not always equal or even possible. Refugee girls are among the most disadvantaged and have the least access to education (only 61% of refugee children have access to primary education, compared to an international average of 91%) despite the fact that education builds resilience, the ability to weather shocks and instability, and provides more opportunities for women to support themselves and their families, live healthier lives, and improve their communities.
Limited access to schooling perpetuates and magnifies the challenges of life in exile – finding work, staying healthy, holding on to dignity and hope. It also limits the potential of refugee women and girls to rebuild their lives, protect themselves against abuse and take a lead in shaping the lives of their communities.
2018 GLOBAL EDUCATION MONITORING REPORT GENDER REVIEW: Meeting our commitments to gender equality in education
GEM Report, 7 March 2018
No targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be met without including gender parity, and instituting high-quality educational practices that are inclusive and equally accessible to all is an important step toward total gender parity. This report takes a wider view and considers all aspects of parity in education, from student enrollment to women in education leadership roles to the stereotyping of gender in textbooks.
The Gender Review looks at who should be called to account when gender inequality in education prevails. It reminds us that countries have made legal commitments for girls’ and women’s right to education through international treaties. Fulfilling these obligations means that governments should put in place laws and policies, which tackle the obstacles that women and girls face in accessing school and to prevent discrimination while they are in school.
Photo essay: Rural women, human rights
UN Women, 22 Feb 2018
This article pays homage to rural women by pairing moving and inspirational success stories of rural women who have overcome obstacles to accomplish great things with excellent photographs of them, while emphasising both the accomplishments and potential of rural women and girls.
Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.