Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The dangers of educated girls and women

an article by Vaughn M John (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) published in Education, Citizenship and Social Justice Volume 11 Issue 1 (2016)


Why do educated girls and women constitute a danger in some societies and for this face extreme danger in their educational endeavours?

This article argues that historical and contemporary educational discrimination of girls and women is the hallmark of a violently patriarchal society, and this stubborn injustice is exacerbated under conditions of poverty and political power struggles.

After considering two recent examples of violent exclusion, deeper exploration of historical exclusion of learners in South Africa helps to reveal a web of gender-based injustice and violence created at the intersections of patriarchy, poverty and political power struggles. Interventions require the acknowledgement of these underlying causes as well as their systemic and complex interactions.

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