This event, organized by UNESCO in partnership with Plan International and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs celebrates International Day of the Girl 2021. This year’s theme, ‘Digital Generation. Our Generation’ recognizes the profound transformations that have taken place as many countries turned towards high-tech education to ensure continuity of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and what this means for girls, who due to the gender digital divide are more likely than boys to be missing out on precious learning opportunities.
Putting young people front and center, this event explores how to close gendered digital access and skills gaps, support safe online spaces, and leverage the power of technology to advance girls’ and women’s education, leadership and gender equality and ensure that girls are empowered to maximize their potential both online and offline.
New research will also be released during the event, including the UNESCO study on the gender dimensions of COVID-19 school closures, developed within UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition’s Gender Flagship with recent evidence collected by the Population Council, as well as Plan International’s 2021 State of the World’s Girls report focusing on online learning.