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Education empowers women and transforms society: UN report
According to a UN report, in India, young women with at least secondary education are 30 percentage points more likely to have a say over their choice of spouse than women with no education.
"Education can be part of a social transformation process involving men, women, boys and girls towards developing a more gender-just society. Education can empower women to overcome forms of gender discrimination so they can make more informed choices about their lives," says the report.

According to the report "Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", education as an empowering tool benefits women but also benefits the living conditions of their children and strengthens society.

"Education becomes a passport for women to enter the labour force. When society becomes more accepting of women's work, women with more education are in a stronger position to get paid work. Education helps women to have a voice," adds report.

"Working together is imperative that all interested stakeholders recommit themselves to unlocking the transformative power of education," urges the report released last year that reiterates that education is not only an end in itself but also a means to achieve a broad global development agenda.

The Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030 seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. "They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental," says the report further.

The Preamble of the report regards SDGs as 'a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity'. The report that has 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, also proclaims that women's education helps avert child marriage.

The educational target urges the world community to ensure all girls and boys enjoy access to quality education from pre-school, primary, secondary to tertiary level, including technical and vocational education and skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

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