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The Dakar Framework for Action: Education for All (2000) reiterates ┐Education is a fundamental human right. ┐ Achieving education for all should be postponed no longer. The basic learning needs of all can and must be met as a matter of urgency.┐

The Outcome Document of Commission on the Status of Women 55th Session stressed that education is a human right (No 6) and expressed concern about high drop-out rates from school of female students in many parts of the world, especially at the secondary level, and including at the tertiary level┐ (19)

Michelle Bachelet in her address on International Women Day 2011 said ┐the agenda to secure gender equality and women┐s rights is a global agenda, a challenge for every country, rich and poor, north and south┐. With regard to education she noted ┐almost two out of three illiterate adults are women. Girls are still less likely to be in school than boys.┐

Why does this situation of lack of access and unequal access of girls and women to quality education continue to exist in violation of a fundamental human right? Multiple discriminations against women and girls continue to be perpetuated through a lack of political will to inaugurate change, to implement already existing laws and provide quality education. Gender-responsive budgeting is critical. Barriers to equal access to education can be addressed through ┐a systematic, comprehensive, integrated, sustainable, multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach, including policy, legislative and programmatic interventions┐┐ In short, redistributive measures, coherence and ┐delivery as one┐ are called for.

Recommendation:

1. Implementation of the Human Right to Education: Provide basic services to all girls and women so that the human right to education for all is secured;

2. Gender responsive budgeting and education: Political will coupled with gender-responsive budgeting is required for the full implementation of the outcome documents of CSW 55. This would ensure gender equality in education and positively impact the elimination of gender based violence and the eradication of poverty;

3. Coordination and coherence around education: A comprehensive, coordinated, coherent approach to financing and delivery of services is critical at national, regional and global levels involving all stake holders including the United Nations and Civil society;

4. Developing the Social Protection Floor Initiative nationally is one way of ensuring the human right to education through funding and implementing basic services using a coherent system wide approach.

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