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Empowerment of minority women and girls - 12th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues
29 Nov 2019 -  Item 5: Language, education and the empowerment of minority women and girls

Participants will discuss the impact of minority language education on access to education and opportunities for minority women and girls, who often face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religion and language. Minority women and girls are disproportionately affected by barriers to access to education and high school dropout rates.

Barriers to education represent barriers to progress and empowerment. Education in, and the teaching of, their languages often assist in ensuring better access to education and learning opportunities for minority women and girls. Language is also an important tool for ensuring the realization of basic human rights and the accessibility of services, including health-care and social services, which in some cases can be particularly vital for women and girls. Participants will highlight these matters and discuss ways to more effectively address related challenges.

Participants will also discuss the importance of the inclusion and effective participation of minority women and girls in the design of policies and strategies relating to education in, and the teaching of, their languages, and will share good practices in this regard.

The panel discussion is moderated by Ms. Aliona Grossu, Member of the Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
• Ms. Nouha Grine, President of Tamount Association for Amazigh Rights
• Ms. Elzbieta Kuzborska-Pacha, Legal Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
• Ms. Puja Kapai Paryani, Associate Professor and Convenor of the Women’s Studies Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong

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