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The Gender and Education Office of ICAE has been a strong pillar of ICAE for years. Three important feminist networks took part in its foundation and gave a global strength and a very broad and diverse feminist vision:

•    Network of Popular Education among Women of Latin America and the Caribbean (REPEM),
•    African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)
•    DAWN-Southeast Asia

GEO´s mission is to mainstream gender in the Adult Education sector, to ensure that women are granted the right to lifelong learning and to participation as active citizens.

This mission is reflected in the following objectives:
(i)    To monitor and follow up international agreements on gender, education and lifelong learning;
(ii)    To mainstream gender in different global and regional spaces such as the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), UNESCO, World Social Forum, World Education Forum, UN Conferences, Global Campaigns for Education and UN Literacy Decade;
(iii)    To implement a comprehensive and systematic approach to education for inclusion from a gender perspective and promote connections among the agendas;
(iv)    To secure the right to education in women and feminist movements activities and in the different scenarios of global governance;
(v)     To support GEO members around the world to achieve the above mentioned goals though an ICT and communications strategy.

Some GEO recent activities:

GEO provides spaces to think strategically from a gender and education perspective: GEO Consultation in Marrakech, 2012; GEO Consultation in Malmo, 2011.

GEO strongly promotes learning opportunities to grassroots women so as to strengthen their advocacy capacities to realize their right to education. In this sense, in 2011 and 2012 GEO implemented the women’s rights training course: Adding Knowledge” funded by UN Women Uruguay.

GEO actively contributes to the setting process of the post 2015 Development Agenda:

  • GEO participates in the on-line Global Thematic Consultations and the UN-NGLs consultations and calls
  • GEO joined the Women’s Major Group (WMG) on 2010 and is an active member asserting the importance of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning for women. The WMG was created as a result of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The role of the WMG is to assure effective public participation of women’s non-governmental groups in the UN policy processes on sustainable development http://www.womenrio20.org/
  • GEO contributed to the document that was launch during the 68th UNGA (2013) “Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Women’s Priorities: Recommendations for the Proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. http://www.womenrio20.org/docs/Womens_priorities_SDG.pdf
  • As part of the WMG, GEO was invited to address from the floor, on education, the Fourth Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) on June 17-19 2013. The meeting brought together member states, observers, and representatives from UN agencies and Major Groups. The meeting was devoted to addressing the thematic issues of: (a) employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture and (b) health, population dynamics. http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1636
  • GEO also participated in the Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Monitoring the Rio+20 and Post-2015 Development Agenda, Bogota, Colombia and the Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century, in March 2013. Along with REPEM and other women networks, GEO presented a number of Key Messages. http://www.eclac.org/cgi-bin/getprod.asp?xml=/rio20/noticias/paginas/6/48936/P48936.xml&xsl=/rio20/tpl-i/p18f-st.xsl&base=/rio20/tpl-i/top-bottom.xsl
  • GEO is part of the Gender Constituency of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) http://unfccc.int/2860.php and participates in the on-line meeting and calls. GEO-ICAE is accredited by UNEP www.unep.org and participated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban (2011).