It is the ultimate goal of the global girl power movement to make it possible for girls to get the education they deserve.
But as of now, most girls are not getting the education that they deserve, and the world’s governments are not taking action to make sure they get the right education, according to the Global Commission on Gender Equality.
The commission’s new report on education and gender inequality in 21st century societies found that in 2016, there were 4.7 billion girls aged below 15 in the world, with the average age of a girl being 16.
It also found that the proportion of girls attending school had dropped to 13.3 percent from 15.1 percent.
Of these girls, the average number of years in school is just 12 years, while the average year of schooling is 18 years.
So what are the solutions?
The most obvious is for girls in developing countries to be educated at home, where they can access quality education, said Erika Oehler, a global education expert with the International Centre for Gender Equality (ICGE).
“We need to address the problem of lack of access to education for girls, not just as a national challenge but also a global one, because if girls are excluded from learning, the rest of the world is excluded from their development,” Oehlers said.
To do that, she said, we need to be investing in education, training and skills, and that starts with girls.
“There is no such thing as an empty nest, and it has to be addressed on the ground, not by talking to a girl’s parents, but by investing in them,” she said.
“It is about empowering them, not about forcing them to have an education they can’t afford,” she added.
Another key step to making it easier for girls would be better access to quality childcare, which is an issue faced by many girls in developed countries.
But there is also a need to invest in better-quality education and training.
“If we do not invest in these things, there is no way we will achieve gender equality in the long run,” Oohler said.
“And the longer girls are left behind, the more the gender gap grows.”
The International Council on Global Education (ICGEE) is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting education and skills for girls.
The ICGEE also works to increase awareness about gender equality, and has launched the International Girl Power Challenge.