New Paper on Attacks Against Girls Seeking to Access Education

As recently highlighted by Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN), a new United Nations human rights report seeking to analyse the problem of attacks against girls trying to access education found that schools in at least 70 different countries were attacked in the five years between 2009 and 2014, with many attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education: “Attacks against girls accessing education persist and, alarmingly, appear in some countries to be occurring with increasing regularity… The educational rights of girls and women are often targeted due to the fact that they represent a challenge to existing gender and age-based systems of oppression.”The background paper, which will be presented to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to contribute to the development of its general recommendation on access to education. Read the report in full here. IFUW affirms and emphasises the right to education as a standalone international human right and an enabler of numerous other human rights, which must be promoted, protected and provided to all people without discrimination.