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Advancing Global Gender Equality through Educational Partnerships

Professors Jenny Parkes and Elaine Unterhalter of IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, have transformed how gender equality is understood and evaluated, helping to secure over £800 million.

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13 February 2023

International policy case study

Research title: Advancing Global Gender Equality through Educational Partnerships
Faculty: Institute of Education, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society
Activity: Research
Policy type: International education policy
Country/Region: Africa and the Middle East
Policy partner: FCDO/UK Government Overseas, UN agencies, Non-UK National Governments (non-EU)


Parkes’ and Unterhalter’s programme of research, undertaken at UCL Institute of Education, has helped to create and sustain more gender-equitable, safe schools, with far-reaching effects on the safety and well-being of girls and boys in schools across eight countries in Africa where the research has been focused. The work has influenced global and national agencies, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), strengthening the ways in which gender equality in education is understood and evaluated, through the generation of robust data, and the use of rigorous research evidence to enhance global, national and local policy and practice. The research has influenced the release of long term funding of GBP800,000,000 for implementation projects. Young people in many more countries in the continent and beyond have benefited as programmes are rolled out through agencies.


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