To tackle poverty, empower women and educate girls, Annan says

The greatest weapon in the war against poverty is the empowerment of women and the education of girls, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, calling for international support for efforts to achieve these goals.

UNICEF backs call for urgent help to millions of girls denied an education

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is backing the urgent call from leaders of the Education For All (EFA) movement to dramatically accelerate measures to help 65 million girls currently denied an education.

UNICEF to launch initiative to get West and Central African girls into school

Heading to Burkina Faso to launch an initiative to give more young females in West and Central Africa access to a quality education, the chief of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on leaders to focus "as a matter of extreme urgency" on schooling girls.

In 19 Arab countries, majority of 8 million children not in school are girls - UN

Girls make up more than half of the eight million children of primary school age in 19 Arab countries who remain out of school, although when given the chance to gain an education, they tend to repeat less than boys and complete their schooling more often, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a new survey released today.

UNICEF launches new push to help educate girls in 25 priority countries

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced the launch of a new campaign to get girls into school in 25 priority countries, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.