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Gabon was one of the first countries to officially announce government leadership and support for the Education Plus Initiative. Gabon’s Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, was the guest speaker at the global launch of the initiative on 1 July 2021. She presented the government's commitment to covering the 5 components of the initiative, in line with the framework of "Gabon Equality". In October 2021, the Minister of Social Affairs, Mrs Prisca Koho Nlend, took part in the Education Plus Initiative panel during the High-Level Summit organised by UNAIDS and the Institute for Civil Society in West and Central Africa to further the country’s commitment to the initiative.

As a champion country, the government of Gabon set up a multi-sectoral technical group comprising several ministries, including the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Women's Rights, and the Ministry of Health; as well as the co-lead agencies - UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, UN Women - and the United Nations Coordination Office.

Β· 21.9% of women aged 20–24 years old who were married or in a union before age 18.
Β· Upper secondary completion rate for females is 13.9% compared to 26.9% for lower secondary school.
Β· 40/3% of females aged 15-19 have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner in the previous 12 months, compared to 43.3% of those aged 20-24.
Β· 28.5% unemployment rate of women and girls 15 and above compared to 14.4% boys and men.
Β· 28% of females aged 20-24 gave birth before the age of 18.
Β· Comprehensive and correct knowledge on HIV amongst females aged 15-24 is only 29.8%.


Comprehensive and correct knowledge on HIV amongst females aged 15-24 is only 29.8%.

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October 11, 2023

October 11, International Day of the Girl Child

October 12, 2023

October 11-12β€―, 2023 Global Forum for Adolescents (GFA)

December 4, 2023

International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)