Education for Women Now campaign aims to provide access to education for 3 million women and girls worldwide

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In January 2021, Aide et Action will launch the " Education for Women Now "The association's first global philanthropic campaign to improve access to quality education for marginalised girls and women in Africa, Asia and Europe.

On January 17, 2021, Aide et Action will organize a live digital event with personalities from the world of business, media and women's rights, all gathered to launch " Education for Women Now "20 million to support access to quality education for 3 million girls and women worldwide by 2025.

2020 marked the 25thème anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (which required that every girl and woman be able to claim and know her rights) considered to be the most progressive roadmap for gender equality to date. 2020 should therefore have been a year of celebration for girls and women. Instead, it has been a year of threats to progress on equality, particularly in terms of access to education.

Beyond the health emergency, the global pandemic of COVID-19 constitutes the greatest educational emergency that current generations have ever known. Indeed, this crisis exacerbates pre-existing gender inequalities. For example, prior to COVID-19, 132 million girls were already excluded from school. According to UNESCO, a further 11 million girls are now at risk of exclusion and, indeed, of being denied their right to education. Other reports, arguing that "in a crisis like COVID-19, girls and young women are the first to be taken out of school and the last to return", estimate that this number could be as high as 20 million girls worldwide.

When a girl is denied the opportunity to attend school, the consequences can be devastating. According to theUNESCOWomen alone account for 63% of the 750 million illiterate adults in the world. Speaking on this issue, Vanessa Perrette, Campaign Director "Education For Women NowThe European Commission's Gender Equality Action Plan states that investing in education is the first step towards reducing inequality. "The fight against gender inequality starts at the school gate and in education. If women played an equal role in the labour market, studies show us that global GDP would increase by 26%, or over $28 trillion.

Aide et Action believes that the current crisis in education can be avoided or at least mitigated, but for this to happen, action must be taken now. As global responses to the crisis are planned, girls' and women's education must be prioritised and thus committed to ensuring that no one is left behind.

Aide et Action is calling on philanthropists, foundations, companies, change agents and all individuals who care about access to education in the world to join our global movement and help us remove the barriers of gender inequality.

Through ten programmes, run by the association on the ground, we will put girls and women first. Because in our 40 years of experience, we have learned that their empowerment is a crucial lever for accelerating sustainable change. We believe that education is the best way to transform lives, to ensure peace and social and economic stability, especially in vulnerable and marginalised communities.

Join us on 17 January 2021at the launch of the campaign "Education for Women NowLet's get together and talk about the barriers that women and girls face and what we can do, collectively, to remove them. 

Let us make this crisis an opportunity for change.

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