Persistent gaps in research on gender and education in Africa
by Dr Emebet Mulugeta
After Ester Boserup’s groundbreaking work in the 1970’s highlighting women’s role in agriculture, the need to address women’s issues in a systematic and comprehensive way was underlined.
This has become concurrent with and accompanied by many initiatives: the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategy, the Women’s Decade and calls by concerned organisations and activists for the international community to take action and incorporate women’s concerns into policies and practices.
Accordingly, a number of international instruments have been designed to address gender, and these instruments have made girls’ and women’s education one of the core issues.