International Women’s Day 2017 is calling on us to #BeBoldForChange, forging the way for a more inclusive, gender equal world. The call is for bold, pragmatic action against gender inequality. We promote gender equality in all of our schools, ensuring that even in cultures where this may not be the norm, girls have the chance to learn to read, write and count. By investing in girls’ education, our objective is to help young women to grow up as active citizens in their communities, creating better prospects for their families and futures. Developing core numeracy and literacy skills helps girls reach a pathway to improved educational and vocational opportunities.
We still have a long way to go. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap isn’t set to reach parity until 2186. At UWS this motivates us further and encourages us to work harder. We are firm in our belief that we can work with communities to ensure that schools are providing equal access to education for boys and girls, and help to bring an end to global educational inequality. As such, we only ever support communities who are entirely committed to sending boys and girls to school and share our vision that education means education for all.
Today we celebrate the work that has been achieved in striving towards a gender equal world and we recognise how far we still have to go. We continue our pledge for change and we will continue to create equal gender educational opportunities in every community we work.