Launch of World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education 


A UNESCO atlas of maps, a call to action


To mark International Women’s Day, UNESCO and the UIS have jointly released the World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education, which includes over 120 maps, charts and tables featuring a wide range of sex-disaggregated indicators.


The vivid presentation of information and analysis calls attention to persistent gender disparities and the need for greater focus on girls’ education as a human right.


The atlas illustrates the educational pathways of girls and boys and the changes in gender disparities over time. It hones in on the gender impact of critical factors such as national wealth, geographic location, investment in education, and fields of study.



The data show that:

The atlas also provides a fresh perspective on the progress countries are making towards gender-related targets set by the international community under Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals. 


The print edition of the atlas will be accompanied by an online data mapping tool that enables users to track trends over time, adapt maps and export data. This eAtlas will be regularly updated with the latest available data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.


Full Report:


Download the full report or obtain a printed copy


Download chapters:


Chapter 1 - Increased Worldwide Demand for Quality Schooling
Chapter 2 -  Girls' Right to Education
Chapter 3 -  Enrolment and Gender Trends: Primary Education

Chapter 4 - Enrolment and Gender Trends: Secondary Education
Chapter 5 - Enrolment and Gender Trends: Tertiary Education

Chapter 6 - Trends in School Life Expectancy

Chapter 7 - Gender Trends: Adult and Youth Literacy

Chapter 8 - How Policies Affect Gender Equality in Education

Chapter 9 - Glossary and Index