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Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on realizing the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 32/20 of the Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is preparing a report on the realization of the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl to be submitted for the consideration of the Human Rights Council at its thirty-fifth session.

In this context, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has requested all United Nations Member States, the United Nations Children’s Fund, other relevant United Nations bodies and agencies, relevant special procedure mandate holders, regional organizations and human rights bodies, national human rights institutions and civil society, including children themselves,  to submit  information in response to the following questions for the preparation of this report:

1. What are the concrete steps your Government or organization has taken to ensure the realization of the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl? Please also elaborate on the impact these steps have had, where appropriate.

2. Which measures would your Government or organization propose and implement in order to eliminate gender disparities in education by 2030, taking into account goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as other relevant SDGs?

3. What are the challenges that your Government or organization faces in implementing policies and programmes towards the realization of the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl? Please elaborate on the nature of these challenges and the steps taken to address them.

4. In the view of your Government or organization, what are the obstacles and barriers faced by girls in particular in effectively accessing education? Please elaborate on the nature of these obstacles, how they manifest in practice, and what steps have been taken to address them.

5. Does your Government or organisation have experience with the use of qualitative and quantitative indicators to assist in monitoring the realization of the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl, and if so, which have been used and why?

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