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Gender Inequality in Education in Kenya & South Africa

Access to new resource related to gender equality/women’s rights added to PMWL


Resource provided by Grace Chebet

12 March 2020 – Kisumu, Kenya – Access to a new resource has been added to the PM World Library (PMWL) related to gender equality/women’s rights. The new resource is titled Gender inequality in education is still an issue in Kenya and South Africa, by Beatrice Akala and published in The Conversation in 2019.

There have been changes in laws and policies over the years in both Kenya and South Africa. However, women still are not fully represented in higher education in the two countries even as both countries’ constitutions guarantee every citizen a right to education regardless of gender, sex or social class. Women still struggle to access institutions of higher education especially in STEM related courses (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

These countries have progressive frameworks, but the issue is how they translate into real life opportunities for women, especially those from marginalized communities. Poverty, racism, geographical positioning and institutional cultures are some of the difficulties faced by black women. The Kenyan story is that, though the policies have been created, much less attention is paid to the way the policy is converted into action. Gender inequality in the country is not only limited to education but to all tiers and levels of living and learning. The governments need to address root causes of marginalization.

To access this new resource, go to the solving global problems section of the library at click on gender equality/women’s rights, scroll down to resource. Free access, but please consider registering in the library.

This new resource provided through the PMWL university research internship program; to learn more, click here