Just add women and stir? Education, gender and peacebuilding in Uganda

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Author/Publisher: Simon Datzberger, Marielle L. J. Le Mat/International Journal of Education Development 
Language: English

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Although Uganda is not short of policies and strategies to promote gender equality, women’s political and social agency remains significantly low. Reasons are rooted in two main challenges: persisting structural barriers; and low levels of education among women. Both are most prevalent in the country’s conflict-affected sub-regions. Against this backdrop, the authors explore and critically reflect on the interplay of education, gender and peacebuilding. They showcase how gender-responsive approaches in education at the macro-level have traditionally been based on initiatives that embrace gender equality by means of a “just add women and stir approach” thereby side-lining history, cultural sensitivity and context.


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