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Launch of World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education 


An atlas of maps, a call to action


Download the publication(pdf)
To mark International Women’s Day, UNESCO and the UIS have jointly released the World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education, which includes over 120 maps, charts and tables featuring a wide range of sex-disaggregated indicators.


The vivid presentation of information and analysis calls attention to persistent gender disparities and the need for greater focus on girls’ education as a human right.


The atlas illustrates the educational pathways of girls and boys and the changes in gender disparities over time. It hones in on the gender impact of critical factors such as national wealth, geographic location, investment in education, and fields of study.


The data show that:

  • Although access to education remains a challenge in many countries, girls enrolled in primary school tend to outperform boys. Dropout rates are higher for boys than girls in 63% of countries with data.
  • Countries with high proportions of girls enrolled in secondary education have more women teaching primary education than men.
  • Women are the majority of tertiary students in two-thirds of countries with available data. However, men continue to dominate the highest levels of study, accounting for 56% of PhD graduates and 71% of researchers.

The atlas also provides a fresh perspective on the progress countries are making towards gender-related targets set by the international community under Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals. 


The print edition of the atlas will be accompanied by an online data mapping tool that enables users to track trends over time, adapt maps and export data. This eAtlas will be regularly updated with the latest available data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.


Full Report:


Download the full report or obtain a printed copy


Download chapters:


Chapter 1 - Increased Worldwide Demand for Quality Schooling
Chapter 2 -  Girls' Right to Education
Chapter 3 -  Enrolment and Gender Trends: Primary Education

Chapter 4 - Enrolment and Gender Trends: Secondary Education
Chapter 5 - Enrolment and Gender Trends: Tertiary Education

Chapter 6 - Trends in School Life Expectancy

Chapter 7 - Gender Trends: Adult and Youth Literacy

Chapter 8 - How Policies Affect Gender Equality in Education

Chapter 9 - Glossary and Index


Consult the leaflet


French and Spanish language editions are forthcoming.


Additional Resources:


International Women's Day 2012: UNESCO's efforts for rural women



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