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Tackling Gender Inequality in Education

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Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville is to lead a drive to tackle gender inequality experienced by girls and young women in schools.

Ms Somerville will co-chair the Gender Equality Taskforce in Education and Learning, with a young person to be recruited as co-chair.

It follows the publication of three reports commissioned by the Taskforce which highlight gender inequality in the classroom and other learning settings.

The findings include girls and young women reporting gender based violence, fears for their safety and sexist attitudes.

The Taskforce includes education, youth and gender equality representatives, as well as young women themselves.

Ms Somerville said:

“I am grateful to all those who contributed to these reports, particularly those who shared painful experiences, and who gave valuable suggestions about what needs to change.

“The Taskforce commissioned these reports because it is important to hear from girls and young women about their first-hand experiences of gender inequality.

“Some of what they reported is difficult to read and deeply concerning.

“Through my work with the Taskforce, we will strive to tackle these inequalities.

“I do not underestimate the task – systemic change is needed and it will require a commitment from across the education system and beyond.

“This work is complex and long-term and, to that end, I have committed to ensuring gender equality is embedded in our plans for education reform.

“Crucially, we will continue to listen to those with lived experience of gender inequality in education and work with them to address these challenges.”

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