Delegate Name: Rishika Kokkula
Access to education for women and girls
The Arab Republic of Egypt
Forest Hills Eastern High School
Access to education is a pressing issue that requires attention from the United Nations and the collaboration of many different countries. It is estimated that 129 million girls are out of school globally. Although developed and wealthy countries have access to proper education for all children, in reality, less than 50 percent of countries have achieved gender equality in education at all levels. In the past, the United Nations has made equal access to education a part of its 2015 development goals. Still, access to equal educational opportunities for women and girls is an issue that needs to be addressed by the UN.
Egypt recognizes the importance of gaining access to education for women and girls. We have partnered with USAID to reduce gender inequalities, empower women and girls, and help promise a future for women and girls in the country. Even with the assistance of USAID, Egypt still has a long way to go in gender equality and women’s rights. Only 18% of working-age women are participating in the economy, as opposed to 65% of men. Egypt has accepted and appreciated help from USAID in improving access to education, but still urges that the United Nations continue to work to resolve the threats to access to education for women and girls and ensure safe schools that can provide equal opportunities for women and girls all over the world.
Egypt encourages the United Nations to focus on aiding developing countries to have access to educational facilities. Egypt recognizes that poorer countries may not have the financial resources to even put women and girls in school and we urge that organizations such as USAID work to support these countries in expanding educational opportunities. Egypt also supports resolutions that will raise awareness of discriminatory practices and gender norms that are a hurdle to the development of equal access to education for women and girls. Egypt believes that assisting third-world countries with their financial needs and facilitating their access to education is crucial to putting more women and girls in school and expanding education for a better future.