Gender, Education and Development

Beyond Access to Empowerment

Edited by Christine Heward and Sheila Bunwaree


An examination of female education in its economical, political and cultural contexts in the developing world. The authors approach the education of women and girls from a human rights perspective, and offer criticism of the World Bank's views on the subject.
This book grounds the education of women and girls in the realities of their lives and experience in diverse areas of the developing world. Moving beyond the previous emphasis on access to education to problematise its content and the way it is experienced, the case studies range from the Arakambut of Peru to the changing experience of racialised education in South Africa.

The contributors take issue with the World Bank’s view that the education of girls and women is important primarily as a cost-effective mechanism for making women more economically productive. Including an overview chapter on the impact of structural adjustment on education throughout Latin America and Africa, the book provides detailed information on Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, Niger and Mauritius. It meets the urgent need to understand the education of women and girls in their economic, political and cultural contexts.

Author Bio

Christine Heward is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick.

Sheila Bunwaree is lecturer in the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities, University of Mauritius.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Christine Heward and Sheila Bunwaree
  • Part I: Changing Political Contexts
    • 1. The Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on Gender and Household Educational Decision-Making: Evidence from Africa and Latin America - Nelly P. Stromquist
    • 2. Listening to the Gendered Other: Participation of Girls and Women in Education and Training in Papua New Guinea - Christine Fox
    • 3. The schooling of South African girls: Stories, statistics, and strategies - Elaine Unterhalter
    • 4. Schooling and Development: Eroding Amazon Women's Knowledge and Diversity - Sheila Aikman
  • Part II: Africa: Changing Family and Household Contexts
    • 5. Girls and Schooling in Ethiopia - Pauline Rose and Mercy Tembon
    • 6. Education, Schooling and Fertility in the Context of Niger - Shona Wynd
    • 7. Moving Beyond Issues of Access and Equity in Promoting Education for Girls in Tanzania - Stella Bendera
  • Part III: Middle Income Countries and the Labour Market
    • 8. Gender Inequality: the Mauritian Experience - Sheila Bunwaree
    • 9. Gender Inequality in Educational Attainment in Peninsular Malaysia - Suet-ling Pong
  • Part IV: South Asian Contrasts
    • 10. Gender, Education and Development: Sri Lanka - Swarna Jayawaree
    • 11. From WID to GAD: experiences of education in Nepal - Mo Sibbons
    • 12. Closing the gender gap?: the informal sector in Pakistan - Christine Heward


Publication Date: 5 January 1998
240 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781856496322

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