02 November 2022

Tackling Gender Inequality From the Early Years

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.  Full Report - English Rationale Brief - English Workforce Brief - English Parenting Brief - English Policy Advocacy Brief - English Tools Brief - English   
06 October 2022

Adolescent Girls Programme Strategy, 2022 - 2025

Adolescent girls around the world are speaking up and leading change toward a more gender equal world. But while girls stand ready to help shape our collective future, a myriad of concurrent and interlinked crises and barriers stand in their way. As the global community looks to “build back equal,” we have a unique opportunity to overcome these challenges, and to give adolescent girls the freedom and power they need to lead and thrive. UNICEF made several ambitious commitments in 2021 that will, with appropriate follow-through, help the world act on what may otherwise be a fleeting opportunity to achieve these aims. By adopting its most progressive and forward-looking Strategic Plan, Gender Policy, and Gender Action Plan to date, UNICEF is committed to advancing bold, transformative change for a more gender equal world. These plans, which are grounded in numerous normative frameworks and intended to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, recognise that, to achieve success, gender equality must be integrated into all of UNICEF’s operations and programmatic work. At the same time, the plans commit UNICEF to undertake transformative actions that place the rights, well-being, and leadership of adolescent girls at the very core of what we do. They call for specific and targeted actions that promote adolescent girls’ health, nutrition, learning, and skills, as well as protection against violence, exploitation, abuse, and harmful practices. This Adolescent Girls Programme Strategy outlines just how UNICEF will advance such programming. With an aim of supporting adolescent girls to achieve their full potential, it articulates a plan for accelerated programming - with and for adolescent girls - that leverages UNICEF’s existing work and comparative advantage to promote more multisectoral, context-specific, girl-driven, rights-based support that meets adolescent girls’ diverse and overlapping needs. It is intended to guide UNICEF’s actions across the humanitarian, development, and peace nexus, reflecting the wide range of programmatic and technical work that UNICEF is engaged in with partners in more than 190 countries and territories.
31 May 2022

Skills4Girls Partner Toolkit

UNICEF through the Skills4Girls Portfolio is currently working with and for girls in 22 countries to bridge the gap between the skills girls need to be competitive in the 21st century workforce, versus those they have traditionally had access to. As one of the five targeted priorities for Girls’ Empowerment in the Gender Action Plan, investments in girls’ education and skills are a critical pathway to dignified work. Skills4Girls develops girls’ skills in areas such as STEM, digital technologies, social entrepreneurship as well as life skills such as problem-solving, negotiation, self-esteem and communication. This toolkit has been developed to support adolescent girls’ skills building and position UNICEF as a partner of choice for private and public sector partners who are looking to transform the lives of adolescent girls through skills building. Specific objectives of this toolkit include: Generate strategic, successful and sustainable partnerships for UNICEF’s Skills4Girls Portfolio.   Highlight the value proposition of investing in building skills for adolescent girls.   Make a case for and demonstrate UNICEF’s credibility and capacity as a partner of choice.   Positively influence partners to join UNICEF in transforming the lives of adolescent girls especially the vulnerable, across the world.   Investing in adolescent girls and young women is investing in future change-makers. Girls carry potential and therefore building their skills and empowering them benefits families, communities and generations. Everyone benefits when girls are skilled and empowered to live a productive life.