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Female participation in African universities: issues of concern and possible action

Masanja, Verdiana; Karega, Regina; Kasente, Deborah; Mboya, Mary; Kadi, Alzouma; Simelane, Nomcebo; Nyamu, Florence

Abstract:
The Forum for African Women Educationalists  (FAWE) is a membership organisation that brings together African women ministers in charge of education systems, women vice chancellors of African universities and other senior women policy makers.  FAWE's objective is to reduce gender disparities in education and to increase female access to schooling, as well as improve the quality of education for all girls within the school system and women in universities.  This conference paper outlines FAWE's work programme and also addresses five main isssues of concern.  These are the availability of gender disaggregated data, sexual harrassment, gender sensitization and social mobilization in support for women at the university level, a lack of equal opportunities and rigid structural, organisational and institutional practices.  Various case studies using ten selected universities have been conducted whose statistics are reflected in this paper. The authors conclude with a number of recommended action points on each area of concern.     

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Title of Paper: Female participation in African universities: issues of concern and possible action
Conference Name: 10th General Assembly of the AAU
Conference Date: 2001-02-01
Conference Location: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi
Published as Proceedings: yes


Date:2001
Document Type:Conference Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Female Students, Women in Higher Education, Developing countries, Gender Distribution, Access to Higher Education, Gender Equality, Sexual Harassment, Case studies


File Size:315 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this paper was granted by FAWE.
Date Added:21 August 2007


Masanja, Verdiana; Karega, Regina; Kasente, Deborah; Mboya, Mary; Kadi, Alzouma; Simelane, Nomcebo; Nyamu, Florence (2001). Female participation in African universities: issues of concern and possible action. Presented at the 10th General Assembly of the AAU, Nairobi, 5-9 February, 2001