Empowerment, Education, and Employment
Globally, an estimated 1 in 4 adolescent girls aged fifteen to nineteen are excluded from any kind of education, training, or gainful employment, compared to 1 in 10 for boys.
Clé de Peau Beauté aims to empower girls through UNICEF’s various empowerment programs, which include education and employment initiatives. An estimated 6.5 million girls worldwide will benefit from this partnership.
Education is a path away from poverty, according to UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
“While there has been significant progress in primary school enrollment for girls, too many of them are denied the opportunity to advance to secondary school,” says Fore.
“Early marriage, poverty, discrimination and gender bias are some of the barriers that girls have to overcome to pursue their education. With the support of partners like Clé de Peau Beauté, we can help address these barriers,” she continued.
The current partnership will see girls from Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, and Niger benefitting from UNICEF’s different programs. UNICEF aims to promote educational programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). UNICEF found it necessary to focus on these areas as girls are traditionally stifled from pursuing these promising spaces and areas simply because of gender stereotypes.
UNICEF’s Gender Equality Action Plan focuses on “setting girls free” and allowing their potentials to become a reality.
In addition to UNICEF’s involvement with educational programs, many advocates associated with UNICEF also wish to create long-term solutions for gender-based violence in schools and communities, as well as combating the still-pervasive practice of FGM or female genital mutilation/female circumcision.
UNICEF’s GirlForce report reveals the following statistics:
- In the sub-Saharan Africa, 86 females completed lower secondary education for every 100 males.
- Only 2% of the poorest girls finished upper secondary school education.
- Female youth 15-29 years old are three times more likely than male youth to be outside of the labor force.
- Seventy percent of economically inactive female youth aged 15-29 expressed that they wished to work in the future.
- Nearly 1 in 3 unemployed individuals in the Asia Pacific and 1 in 5 in the sub-Saharan African state that their career paths exceeded their education and training.