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Human rights education and obstacles to women’s education

Laming, M.M. (2010) Human rights education and obstacles to women’s education. In: International Conference on Human Rights Education : Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue, 4 - 6 November 2010, University of Western Sydney, Paramatta Campus


Human rights education has significant relevance to women’s inalienable right to an education that encompasses the knowledge and skills that will enable them to contribute economically and socially to their communities continues to be impeded by systemic discrimination. Drawing on interviews with seven Australian women whose entry to university was delayed by up to seventeen years this paper contrasts the position of women in Australia and Uganda and offers a new application of human rights education to gender discrimination. The resulting analysis suggests that while overt discrimination against women in Australian education is uncommon, subtle forms of misogyny continue to deter low socioeconomic status, ethnic minority and marginalised women from entering university. This has significant implications for human rights education and gender.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
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