Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
Target: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015
About one third of countries achieved gender parity in secondary education by 2005. But in terms of equality and empowerment, gender parity is just a starting point. The MDG envisages education as a fulfilling experience for all girls and boys and as helping them reach their full potential in society. In that regard, development of indicators to measure progress is ongoing.
At the secondary level of education, gender gaps are greatest in West and Central Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last region, this gap is to the disadvantage of boys.
Source: UNICEF global databases, 2008, UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, May 2008.
Secondary education is essential for individual children to achieve their full potential, and for nations to advance social and economic development.