YubaNet.com
Saturday, August 2 2014

            We Deliver News to the Sierra
News Fire News spacer Latest News spacer Regional News spacer California News spacer USA News spacer World News spacer Op-Ed spacer Enviro News spacer Sci Tech News spacer Life spacer Odd News spacer Cartoons spacer
Features The Calendar features features Weather features Sierra NightSky features features features Road Conditions features Home spacer
World
 

UN expert urges States to stand up for right to education, especially for girls


    Google+    

By: UN News

12-12-unesco-malala.jpg
Michelle Bachelet (UN Women), President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, Irina Bokova (UNESCO), Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France, and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, at launch of Malala Fund for Girls’ Education. Photo: UNESCO/E.Urbano
Dec. 12, 2012 - An independent United Nations expert has urged governments worldwide to stand up for the right to education, especially for girls, and to take the necessary steps to ensure that all children can go to school without fear.

The Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, also stressed the importance of safeguarding the fundamental right to education of women and girls who have been victims of social injustice and educational deprivation.

Addressing the high-level event on girls' education, organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to mark Human Rights Day, Mr. Singh said the "tragic but hopeful" story of 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai, shows how far there is still to go before all girls can go to school without fear.

"Malala, who was shot by the Pakistani Taliban in an attempt to prevent her from attending school, has become a rallying cry for the world to fight for girls' education rights," he stated at the event, which was held in Paris on Monday.

"I would like to join with UNESCO, the Government of Pakistan and others to denounce those who threaten violence against girls seeking an education, and I call upon all governments to take the necessary steps to ensure that all children in their countries – boys and girls alike – have a right under law to receive an education."

At the event, UNESCO and Pakistan launched the Malala Fund for Girls' Education, with the latter announcing that it would donate the first $10 million. In addition, participants adopted a Statement of Commitment to Girls' Rights to Education, promising "to actively strive to make every effort to end all forms of violence against girls and to eliminate the obstacles that prevent them from attending school."

Mr. Singh noted that while all 193 UN Member States have signed up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include achieving universal primary education and gender equality by 2015, many of them need to modernize legislation that empowers parents and children to demand that right when it is being denied.

"We must move beyond slogans and ensure that the fundamental human right to education is enshrined in law, and fully implemented," he stated.

He also called on States to ensure that their citizens are made well aware of their right to education. "Governments must ensure their national legislation provides a binding recourse to courts or national human rights institutions to allow all those who are entitled to receive an education to fight for their rights when they are being denied."

Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.

 

Help us bring you more news. Be a real reader: Support YubaNet

By submitting a comment you consent to our rules. You must use your real first and last name, not a nickname or alias. A comment here is just like a letter to the editor or a post on Facebook. Thank you.

 

Latest Headlines

World

Oxfam: Gaza crisis spiralling out of control; lasting peace will only be possible with an end to the ongoing blockade of Gaza

Canada: Civil Society Groups Launch "People's Intervention" Campaign to Fight TransCanada Pipeline

Worldwide water shortage by 2040

Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine "extremely alarming", says Pillay, as UN releases new report

Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime

UN Calls on Peru to Expand Access to Legal Abortion

A crime to be gay in majority of the Commonwealth

Syria: Red Cross and Red Crescent alarmed about water shortages

2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience

Fracking Brussels: A who's who of the EU shale gas lobby


More

 

 

 

 

NEWS . Fire News . Latest . Regional . California . USA . World . Op-Ed . Enviro . Sci/Tech . Life . Odd News . Cartoons
FEATURES . The Calendar .Weather . Sierra NightSky . Horoscope . Road Conditions
YubaNet.com . Advertising. About Us . Support YubaNet . Contact Us . Terms of Use . Privacy

YubaNet.com © 1999-2014
Nevada City, California (530) 478-9600