From 10 January - 7 February 2010, UNESCO will be hosting an online discussion focusing on the theme of Gender Equality, Education and Training. During these four weeks, discussions will be organized around a framework of thematic questions in order to stimulate debate between participants.
The discussion organized by UNESCO is part of a series of United Nations online discussions dedicated to the fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), and to the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000). The discussions are hosted by WomenWatch. Education and Training is identified as Strategic Objective B in the Beijing Platform for Action.
Over the four weeks, discussions and debates on this critical area of concern will be held and each week will focus on a specific theme that will cover a wide range of topics, such as the role of Education for All (EFA) initiatives on progress towards the Beijing strategic objectives, responses to gender-based violence in schools, and the impact of current crises on education and gender equality initiatives.
Week 1 (10 -16 Jan) - Disconnects: missed opportunities for progress and lessons learned; Week 2 (17-23 Jan) - Silences and hidden challenges; Week 3 (24 - 30 Jan) - Crises: challenges and new opportunities; Week 4 (31 Jan - 7 Feb) - Summary of discussions: Key messages.
Participants are encouraged to share perspectives, experiences, research and photos related to this key issue for gender equality and take part in the discussion on how to make gender equality in education and training a reality.
For more information, visit www.unesco.org/genderequality/beijing15.