Empowering Women through education
According to a research conducted by Food For Africa an NGO, two-thirds of the world’s 876 million illiterates are women
It’s about fifteen years ago that the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) was implemented. This declaration was about the empowerment of women through the promotion of gender equality and access to education. After these years, one thing we should ask ourselves is whether there have been changes or not. In March 1 to 12 March, 2010, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) organized its 54th session at the United Nations in New York and the theme was,” “Fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000) and the links with achievement of the Millennium Development Goals”. In their meeting, one of the main agenda they reviewed was about female education. They found out that female education in the Middle East, North Africa and other parts of the Arab region has improved whilst little or no improvements in other parts the globe.
Education is an important tool that prepares individuals towards the dynamic changes in the future. There is an old maxim that if you educate a man you educate one person but if you educate a woman you educate a nation, but this saying does not lie in congruence in our modern world today. Many are the women, especially in east and west of Africa and in other parts of Far East whom have been neglected of the right to education. This seems weird in this era of globalization and technological advancement but it is in existence. The problem of this thorny issue stems from differential cultural ideologies and poverty. The UNO, governments and NGO’s are stretching out all efforts to curtail this situation but I think they can do better by increasing their steps.
Fellow scholar, what are your constructive comments about this issue?
Research question: what measures can be done to improve female education?
Education is more and more better accessible, but level of teaching might be weak, says one writer of the Global Monitoring Report (2007). The reasons are for example that teachers are not enough educated or they have lack of motivation.
However women work around the clock. According to Womankind Worldwide organization women work two-thirds of world’s working hours and produce half of the world’s food. But they earn only ten procent of the world’s income and own less than a one procent of the world’s combined assets.