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Girls Education, Focus of United Nations Global ConferenceEngendering Empowerment: Education and Equality (E4)


  • Monsieur Kalidou Diallo, Minister for Education and National Languages
  • Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • May Rihani, UNGEI Global Advisory Committee Co-Chair and Senior Vice President and Director of the Academy for Educational Development
  • David Wiking, UNGEI Global Advisory Committee Co-Chair and Swedish Development Cooperation, Team Director for Knowledge, Education and ICT


Press Conference on the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) global conference.
“Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality” (E4 for short). 


18 May, 2010 at 11:00 am (Local Time) and 7:00 am (New York Time)


Meridien President Hotel and Conference Center, Pointe des Almadies Dakar 221, Senegal.  


The conference aims to examine ways to transform the global partnership to support girls’ education in view of reaching particularly MDG 2 & 3 and to reaffirm that girls’ education is a development imperative. With the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target date of 2015 only five years away, the conference will put girls front and center with the goal of strengthening and expanding partnerships for girls' education around the most pressing obstacles they face in pursuit of education. The conference will also examine issues of violence, poverty and quality education and their intersections with participation, climate change and health.

Attn: Broadcasters: Video packages, B-roll and high resolution photographs will be available on www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef

About UNGEI:
The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is a partnership of organizations committed to narrowing the gender gap in primary and secondary education. It also seeks to ensure that, by 2015, all children complete primary schooling, with girls and boys having equal access to free, quality education. UNGEI was launched in April 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, by then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in response to a troubling reality: Of the millions of children worldwide who were not in school, more than half were girls – a reality that continues today.

For further information, please contact:
Martin Dawes, UNICEF Media, West and Central Africa, Tel: + 221 338 69 58 42, mdawes@unicef.org
Gaelle Bausson, UNICEF Media, West and Central Africa, Tel: + 221 338 69 56 42, gbausson@unicef.org
Shimali Senanayake, UNICEF Media, New York, Tel: + 1 917 265 4516, ssenanayake@unicef.org




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