Ways in Which Zimbabwe Has Tried to Address Gender Inequalities.

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Faculty of Social Science

Name : Sharron

Surname : Mashave

Reg # : R113505J

Level: 2.1

Mode of Entry : Parallel

Module : Gender Studies

Lecturer: Mr. T. T. Mugodzwa

Department : Politics and Public Management

Question :

a) Discuss four ways in which the education system in your country constructs the gender inequalities. [12]

b) Suggest four ways in which the education system in your country can be made gender responsive. [8]

a) It has become apparent that since time immemorial the girl child has been socialized to believe that she is inferior in some way or another to her male counterpart. This has been showcased in areas such as education, culture and religion.
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It is apparent that the education system was also dominant in perpetuating the gender inequality in that there was no special attention given to trying to balance the number of male students and female students in schools. Culturally it was believed that it is better to educate a boy than a girl so in low income families the decision was obvious if a choice had to be made, the boy would get the education while the girl would be married off or used to do all the cooking and cleaning in the homestead. Had there been a sort of quota implemented, this would have ensured that more girls would get an opportunity to be educated.

The above are some of the constructs the education system used to create or promote gender inequality.

b) Zimbabwe has come a long way in becoming gender responsive to gender inequalities in the educational system. “Zimbabwe became signatory to many conventions and protocols on gender issues, such as the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), The Equal Remuneration Convention, The SADC Declaration on Gender, and the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action (1995). At the UN Sponsored Millennium Summit in September 2000, 191 UN members agreed to a global contract known as the Millennium Development Goals. In the Millennium Development
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