International Day of Education to Afghan girls and women

International Day of Education to Afghan girls and women

UNESCO dedicates the 2023 International Day of Education to Afghan girls and women

Afghan girl
Waheedullah Jahesh/
19 January 2023

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, has decided to dedicate the 2023 International Day of Education (January 24) to Afghan girls and women.
On the occasion of an event organized at the UN headquarters, UNESCO will renew its call to immediately restore their fundamental right to education.

No country in the world should bar women and girls from receiving an education. Education is a universal human right that must be respected. The international community has the responsibility to ensure that the rights of Afghan girls and women are restored without delay. The war against women must stop.

On the occasion of the International Day of Education, on 24 January, UNESCO is hosting an event at the United Nations in New York, with the contribution of the UN Secretary-General, the President of the UN General Assembly, as well as UNESCO’s Director-General.
The first panel discussion will be devoted to the education of girls and women in Afghanistan. For more details, go here

On the occasion of the 2023 International Day of Education, UNESCO will also publish a global report, the 2023 SDG4 Scorecard showing how fast countries are progressing towards their national benchmarks on Sustainable Development Goal 4 (quality education). So far, three in four countries have submitted benchmarks, to be achieved by 2030 for at least one of the key SDG4 indicators. The work on benchmarks shows an acute lack of data on education. Half of countries have no data on learning or the percentage of trained teachers in primary schools; a third have no data on completion or out-of-school rates.

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