UNESCO World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education
To mark International Women’s Day, UNESCO released the World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education. This atlas presents the latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics on trends in educational access and progression, from pre-primary through tertiary levels and adult literacy, with special attention to the all-important issue of gender equality. These trends are depicted through colour-coded maps that make it easy for readers to visualize global and regional trends and to understand how they are shaped by factors such as national wealth and geographic location.
The education of girls and women is important not only as a matter of respecting a basic human right for half the population but also as a powerful force for economic development and achieving social goals such as enhanced health, nutrition and civic involvement.