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
Securing quality education for girls and young women is a key challenge of the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to eliminate gender disparity at all levels of education by 2015 as part of efforts to promote gender equality and empower women (MDG 3).
Although considerable progress has been made in reaching gender parity in primary education, gaps have closed less rapidly in secondary education. Globally, the female net secondary school attendance rate is 44 per cent.
Research has long confirmed the merits of education not only for women and girls, but also for families and societies. Studies show that educated adolescents are more likely to wait until they are out of their teenage years – when pregnancy risks are highest – before starting a family, and are also likely to have healthier babies.
Source: Female youth literacy rate-UNESCO Institute of Statistics. Female net secondary school attendance - Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys.