Despite all the achievements seen so far on poverty reduction and education, since the Millennium development goals, girls and women still remain amongst the most vulnerable and discriminated against. This is particularly exacerbated by poverty and location. If recent trends continue in sub-Saharan Africa the richest boys will achieve universal primary completion in 2021, but the poorest girls will not catch up until 2086. The education goal within the post-2015 framework must take this into account; girls and women must no longer be left behind. Further, education and the inclusion of girls and women must not be seen in isolation, being intrinsically linked to other goals, such as the elimination of early marriage, sanitation infrastructure, stopping violence against women and goals and sexual and reproductive health.
Read the full paper and proposals here: Girl's Education in International Development working group: position paper