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Striving for gender equality and women's empowerment in the Sub-Saharan Africa through girls' education: the EU's involvement

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Striving for gender equality and women's empowerment in the Sub-Saharan Africa through girls' education: the EU's involvement

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The achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) has become an increasingly important global goal, especially since the recent implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a leader in global development, the EU is expected to deliver a significant contribution to the achievement of these global goals, including the achievement of GEWE. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is the region with the highest rate of gender inequality throughout the world, where girls and women suffer from many forms of discrimination and violations of their rights. Literature has provided many perspectives on the importance of focusing on GEWE because of its many beneficial outcomes on other development indicators, as well as on the significant role girls’ education can play within the achievement of GEWE. For these reasons, this research investigates to what extent EU policies are expected to contribute to the achievement of GEWE in Sub-Saharan Africa by stimulating education for girls. The method used for this research is qualitative research, by conducting desk research as well as qualitative interviews with two different experts in the field of gender and girls’ education. In order to answer the main research question, first of all the different ways in which the education of girls can contribute to GEWE were researched. Girls’ education can be linked to several beneficial outcomes for women, from which some of the most important are an increase of knowledge and literacy, improved health, a reduction in violence against women, as well as an increase in economic and political opportunities. All these outcomes have been strongly related to the achievement of GEWE. Secondly, the major obstacles that prevent girls from accessing education in SSA were examined, showing violence, a lack of economic opportunities and resources, reduced political participation and gender equality within education, it is necessary, next to stimulating their access, to keep focusing on reducing the barriers that hinder girls’ education.

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OrganisatieDe Haagse Hogeschool
AfdelingMO Europese Studies / European Studies
Jaar2016
TypeBachelor
TaalEngels

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