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Pursuing gender equality in the African university

Mama, Amina

Abstract:
Africa urgently needs strong, creative and intellectually productive institutions of higher learning to address continental knowledge needs in a manner that is closely grounded in the political and cultural aspirations of Africa's diverse peoples; women as well as men. This requires academics and academic administrators working in African universities to be deeply sensitive to the  challenges of gender equality, social justice and democratisation, it requires that we dedicate ourselves to building knowledge institutions that demonstrate these basic values and work towards producing both the people and the ideas that will see to their propagation in the wider society. Ensuring equity of access at all levels and in all areas of the higher education sector is a minimal condition for the pursuit of gender equality.
This requires developing a combination of institutional and intellectual strategies to advance the practice of gender equality in educational institutions, and to equip them for the production of both the people and the ideas that existing political and policy commitments to gender equality demand.

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Document Title: Pursuing gender equality in the African university
Journal: International Journal of African Renaissance Studies
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
No. of Pages: 53-79


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Gender Equality, Gender Equity, Intellectual Development, Developing countries, Universities, Academic Freedom, Access to Higher Education, Institutional Culture


File Size:169 KB
Rights:Permission to use this article was granted by the author and publisher.
Additional information:This article was published by UNISA Press.
Date Added:28 February 2008


Mama, Amina (2006). Pursuing gender equality in the African university, International Journal of African Renaissance Studies 1(1): 53-79