Better Life, Better Future

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Key Information

Being born a girl can be a life sentence of inequality and injustice. Girls and women are subject to multiple forms of discrimination in all spheres of their lives, including in and through education. In many contexts, they are less likely than boys to go to school, their educational performance is often unequal compared to that of boys and men, and in turn, these missed opportunities generate more inequality. To increase awareness and galvanize new resources for girls’ and women’s education, more innovative partnerships are needed with stronger funding, expertise, and outreach. UNESCO launched the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, known as “Better Life, Better Future”, in 2011 guided by the belief that educating girls and women can break the cycle of poverty and foster greater social justice. Our program objectives include: increasing learning opportunities for adolescent girls and women, expanding and improving the quality of education for girls and women at the secondary level and in the area of literacy, scaling up geographical coverage and replicating good practices, and engaging a wider and more diverse network of partners. Our program's two key focus areas are secondary education and literacy.


East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Global, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam

Government Affiliation



2011 -

Ministry Affiliation



Islamic Republic of Pakistan, CJ Group, HNA Group, Hainan Foundation

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Gender equality
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


12 - 19

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Literacy - outside the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased literacy
  • Increased progression to secondary school
  • Increased secondary school completion
  • Increased secondary school enrolment

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)