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Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Target

 Goal 3
  • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015


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Progress

Progress on Gender Parity in Primary Education

  • 70 percent of developing countries (89 countries) are on target
  •  20 percent (25 countries) are close to being on target
  •  10 percent (13 countries) are far behind the target.

Among the low-income countries, 26 countries have achieved the goal or are on target:

  •  Bangladesh, The Gambia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, the Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Myanmar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Comoros, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Togo

Progress on Gender Parity in Secondary Education

  •  68 percent of developing countries (82 countries) are on target
  •  19 percent (23 countries) are close to being on target
  •  13 percent (15 countries) are far behind the target.

Among the low-income countries, 5 countries have achieved the goal or are on target:

  •  Bangladesh, Kyrgyz Republic, Myanmar, The Gambia, Malawi, Mauritania, Nepal, Rwanda

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Overview

Many countries are making substantial progress gender parity in primary education (89 of them) and gender parity in secondary education (82). Overall, 70 percent of developing countries have achieved or are on track to achieve the targets for gender parity in primary and secondary education. In particular, gender parity in primary education—progress in both low-income and middle-income countries is substantial.

Low-income countries that have either achieved or are on track to achieve gender parity in both primary and second education, include: Bangladesh, the Gambia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nepal, and Rwanda.

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