UNESCO launches the campaign ‘keeping girls in the picture’

This year more than 900 million children of all ages and parts of the world were called to go back to school between August and October. However, only half of them will do so due, among other factors, to the closure of schools caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

As highlighted by UNESCO, in this situation girls are one of the most vulnerable groups. For many of them, school is a lifesaver, as attending school reduces the risk of being subjected to forced marriage or domestic violence. That is why UNESCO has launched a new campaign under the name ‘keeping girls in the picture’, which is part of the project #LearningNeverStops

The campaign aims to support the safety and education of all young women whose schools remain closed, but also to focus on the 130 million girls who were no longer attending school before the pandemic. As the Guide published by UNESCO together with other organizations such as UNICEF or Malala Fund indicates, we are at risk of losing an entire generation. The message is clear, without gender equality there is no progress or justice. If we forget girls now, we will suffer as a society in the future.

In addition to this Guide entitled “Building back equal” and developed for policymakers and practitioners in Ministries of Education from different countries, UNESCO has published a radio toolkit aimed at providing different groups of young people with useful tools to be able to transmit their opinions and experiences through of this medium and give more strength and dissemination to their stories.

To learn more about this campaign you can visit the official webpage here