Girls and women are generally at a disadvantage in education. Therefore, DAARTT contributes to gender equity through the deliberate emphasis on building schools for girls and dormitories for female students. Important elements to ensuring that schools and dormitories are suitable for girls and women are the availability of water supply and sanitation facilities and protection through boundary walls as well as suitable locations of buildings.
The DAARTT activities work directly in support of Resolution 1325 in respect of both the spirit and aims laid out in its preamble and the action prescribed in its operational paragraphs.
DAARTT makes a strong contribution to counter the gender inequality resulting from armed conflict and insecurity, which makes it particularly difficult for girls to pursue education.
In a medium and longer term perspective, the activities promote the participation and influence of women in the political debate by helping advance their education and increases their role in decision making, including with regard to conflict prevention and resolution at national, local and domestic level – also working in support of lowering violence against women.
Through the measures to make schools and universities attractive and acceptable places for girls and women, DAARTT contributes to implementing international humanitarian and human rights law that protects the rights of girls and women during and after conflicts – in particular addressing their special needs in conflict and post conflict situations.