Gender Transformative Education
Reimagining education for a more just and inclusive world
Education has massive transformational power. Yet, the potential of education systems to achieve gender equality and equity has not been fully harnessed in any country.
Huge progress has been made. Over the 25 years, gender parity in education around the world has skyrocketed. But parity is only a surface measure. Girls are excluded and discriminated against simply because they are girls and women. Boys too are restricted by harmful norms of masculinity. Children and young people who do not identify themselves within traditional gender and sexual orientation norms face the difficult task of fitting in.
This is why Plan International, Transform Education, UNGEI and UNICEF Education are calling for Gender Transformative Education.
Gender Transformative Education seeks to utilize all parts of an education system to transform stereotypes, attitudes, norms and practices by challenging power relations, rethinking gender norms and binaries, and raising critical consciousness about the root causes of inequality and systems of oppression.
This short brief explores how to “do” gender-transformative education: what it means, why it’s important and how to make it happen.