June 21-23, 2021
Global Forum on Girls’ Education® III
Boston Park Plaza
In September 2015, heads of state and government representatives from around the world came together at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City to commit themselves to 17 Sustainable Development Goals, ranging from ending poverty and hunger to combating climate change. Goal #5 is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”
The UN is dedicated to working together to achieve this goal—and the 16 others—by 2030. What those leaders may not know, however, is girls’ schools across the globe have been preparing young women to take on “full and effective participation and… leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life” for well over 150 years. Not only that, girls’ schools have been graduating women who are passionate about ending “all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere” and helping to enact change in all corners of the world.
A mere five months after the UN met in New York, NCGS held its first-ever Global Forum on Girls’ Education® in that very same city along with 13 strategic partners from around the world. Nearly a thousand teachers, administrators, researchers, advocates, authors, and practitioners from 23 different countries convened to exchange best practices, share stories of challenge and success, and recognize they are part of an international community with a shared goal of empowering girls through education.
So powerful was that experience that a decision was made to make the Global Forum a triennial event, so the Global Forum on Girls’ Education® II soon followed in 2018.
Time has marched on, but the obstacles girls and young women face have grown in lockstep with their ever-increasing opportunities. Girls’ schools continue to be places where girls can shatter stereotypes and develop the confidence to demand and help create a different narrative.
2030 is too long. Join us in Boston on June 21-23 as we discuss how we can achieve the UN’s SDG #5 in 2021.