How is the pandemic impacting girls' education around the world?

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Schoolgirls in Port au Prince, Haiti REUTERS / Andres Martinez Casares

By: Emmanuelle Bastide

59 mins

On the occasion of International Women's Rights Day


More than 11 million girls around the world are threatened with not going back to school after the COVID-19 crisis (Unesco), they are mostly missed in Africa.

Out of school, some were forced into marriage or were victims of sexual abuse.

Will the pandemic wipe out years of effort towards equality between girls and boys?

What political choices to protect girls' education?  


Serigne Mbaye Thiam

, Minister of Water and Sanitation and former Minister of National Education of Senegal, Vice-President of

 the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 

Yvan Savi

, Director General of the

NGO Plan International

Armel Azihar Sly-Vania

, Comorian activist,

NGO Imara Comoros

, NGO which works in particular on girls' education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Find the testimony of 

Sharon Mukwawaya.

This young student in botanical sciences at the Faculty of Sciences of Lomé is fiercely committed to the education of girls in Togo.

In 2018, she was appointed UNDP Resident Representative in Togo thanks to

 Plan International's

Girls in Command



The following year, she also co-founded the association 

ProEducation Togo

, to encourage girls to continue their studies and encourage them to embark on scientific fields.

Raphaelle Constant

met her in Lomé

--- BoB Sharon Mukwawaya - Girls education activist Togo (Cut-6'01)


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