UAE calls for right to education for girls

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GENEVA: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has unanimously passed a draft resolution tabled by the UAE on the girls’ right to education during the ongoing 35th session of the Council in Geneva.

So far, 80 states have adopted the draft resolution, including the European countries, Union States and the Arab group.

The draft resolution calls for the realisation of the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl.

Citing statistics by international organisations, Obaid Salem Al Za’abi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, said: “Despite progress, girls and women continue to be discriminated against in accessing education and within education systems. At least 57 million children worldwide, including 31 million girls, are out of school and two-thirds of the illiterate adults are women. In developing countries, adolescent girls are more likely to drop out of secondary school than boys, particularly in the rural areas.’’

Against the backdrop of these worrying figures, Al Za’abi stated that the UAE draft resolution seeks to give high priority to the importance of education of girls as a right that has a ripple effect on many other rights.

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