Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 was launched in July up-dating information about completing the Millenium Development Goals 2015 (MDG). The Target of MDG 2 is to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
According to the report, across 63 developing countries, girls were more likely to be out of school than boys among both primary and lower secondary age groups. The gender gap in school attendance widens in lower secondary education, even for girls living in better-off households. Therefore UN Women focuses action on girls’ school completion rates and improving school conditions for girls, i.e. the environment that makes it conducive for girls to attend schools. Moreover, reports show mothers with at least a few years of formal education are considerably more likely to send their children to school. Actions of women’s empowerment through education and economic opportunities, are taken by UN Women, in order to facilitate greater decision-making by women in their household, including the decision to send children to school. – Read full report HERE.