Peng Liyuan attends the UNESCO Awards for Girls’ and Women’s Education

BEIJING, October 16, 2021 / CNW / – Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping and UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education, spoke at the UNESCO Prize on-line ceremony on Friday 2021 for the education of girls and women.

A project to train underrepresented and low-income women and girls to close the gender gap in from Brazil technology sector, and further empowerment of adolescent girls and young women in Mozambique through role models and fraternity circles were awarded this year the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education, UNESCO said.

Peng congratulated the winners of Brazil and Mozambique by video.

Since the creation of the prize in 2015 by UNESCO and China, it has exerted a positive influence and inspired more people to devote themselves to the education of girls and women, Peng said, adding that hundreds of thousands of girls and women have been able to expand their knowledge and acquire new skills, and build confidence in their destiny and pursue their dreams.

In addition, a growing number of people are supporting girls’ and women’s education and promoting gender equality in global education, she said.

Peng also expressed hope that the international community would pay more attention to and support the education of girls and women, and make further contributions to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted girls and women in terms of education, and Peng called for more efforts to provide them with equal and quality education. She advocated making full use of digital technology, sharing high-quality online educational resources and increasing education support for girls and women from poor families and poor regions. She also stressed the importance of strengthening health education for girls and women in order to improve their overall physical and mental health.

During this time, Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, recognized from China role in creating the award as well as helping girls and women achieve their dreams, especially in the face of the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education recognizes the outstanding and innovative contributions of individuals, institutions and organizations to advance the education of girls and women.


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