Ms. Migiro pointed out that global commitments to achieving universal
primary education and gender parity, at all levels of education, have
had a beneficial impact on girls’ school enrolment and retention rates
in many countries, but the quality of education has not kept pace,
particularly in the developing world.
“Many children leave school without basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Girls and women are under-represented in science and technology,
education and employment. They are simply not getting the knowledge and
skills they need for today’s competitive and changing job market.
“Your discussions at this session can help connect the dots among those
key issues affecting women’s prospects and well-being,” said Ms. Migiro.
She said the launch of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the
Empowerment of Women (UN Women) will galvanize worldwide efforts to
realize the rights and opportunities of women and girls.
“UN Women will build on the strong foundation of international norms and
policies developed by the United Nations over decades. It will provide a
strong and unified voice. It will work throughout the United Nations
system to strengthen coherence and to ensure accountability,” said Ms.
(Source: UN News Centre)