Tackling Gender Inequality From the Early Years

Strategies for building a gender-transformative pre-primary education system

Children at the Gikomero Early Childhood Development Centre play some morning games with their caregivers.


Despite the transformative role preprimary education can play in addressing gender inequalities and challenging common gender norms and stereotypes while they are being acquired by the youngest learners, boys and girls continue to have different classroom experiences. Gender biases and stereotypes are frequently reproduced in teacher-student interactions, play, pre-primary education curriculums, and teaching and learning materials. They shape gender identities, aspirations, and expectations that go on to have a profound impact on life choices, outcomes, and inequities faced by girls and boys.  

Tackling Gender Inequality From the Early Years: Strategies for building a gender-transformative pre-primary education system, a research report developed by UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight, presents key strategies with country cases and examples that can help governments and policymakers to proactively incorporate gender-responsiveness into the design and implementation of their early childhood education (ECE) policy and programming. Findings from this report are further supported through five advocacy briefs which provide targeted guidance to key stakeholders in supporting the gender transformative agenda through the early years. 

Access the full report and briefs via the links below. 


A 30 years old man playing with 2 years old daughter.
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