Gender parity

definition

Purely a numerical concept. Reaching gender parity in education implies that the same proportion of boys and girls - relative to their respective age groups - would enter the education system and participate in its different cycles.

example of use

Women make up almost two-thirds of the total [of illiterate adults], and there has been no progress in reducing this share since 1990. Of the 61 countries with data, around half are expected to achieve gender parity in adult literacy by 2015, and 10 will be very close (UNESCO, 2014: 4).

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