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Beyond access: Gender equality in higher education

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Most countries have made substantial progress in closing the gender gap in higher education in terms of access. Women are increasingly gaining access to higher education, and even female enrollment outnumbers that of male students in many countries. However, the increase in female enrollment does not necessarily mean that gender equalities are realized. This presentation will report on the persistent cultural and socioeconomic barriers to women’s higher education using based on the analysis of a survey data collected from about 2,200 university students from Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco.
The finding reveals that female students are still facing more financial and social barriers to accessing higher education than male students. Survey results indicate that women from urban, wealthier, and more educated families are more represented in higher education in Ethiopia. In Egypt, average family allowance to female students is only 89 percent of the average allowance given to male students. In Kenya, rural girls are still disadvantaged in terms of access to university in comparison to rural boys. Similarly, female students from Morocco are more likely to be coming from high-income families than male students. In all four countries, low income females from rural areas are less likely to be attending universities than male students from the same background. Further analysis also includes the influence of family, teachers, cost, and commuting distance to university on the choice of the major of education. The conclusion of the paper discusses how higher education policy can improve the gender gaps within the current constraints in each country.
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Sabry, Manar. "Beyond access: Gender equality in higher education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493708_index.html>

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Sabry, M. , 2011-04-30 "Beyond access: Gender equality in higher education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493708_index.html

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Abstract: Most countries have made substantial progress in closing the gender gap in higher education in terms of access. Women are increasingly gaining access to higher education, and even female enrollment outnumbers that of male students in many countries. However, the increase in female enrollment does not necessarily mean that gender equalities are realized. This presentation will report on the persistent cultural and socioeconomic barriers to women’s higher education using based on the analysis of a survey data collected from about 2,200 university students from Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco.
The finding reveals that female students are still facing more financial and social barriers to accessing higher education than male students. Survey results indicate that women from urban, wealthier, and more educated families are more represented in higher education in Ethiopia. In Egypt, average family allowance to female students is only 89 percent of the average allowance given to male students. In Kenya, rural girls are still disadvantaged in terms of access to university in comparison to rural boys. Similarly, female students from Morocco are more likely to be coming from high-income families than male students. In all four countries, low income females from rural areas are less likely to be attending universities than male students from the same background. Further analysis also includes the influence of family, teachers, cost, and commuting distance to university on the choice of the major of education. The conclusion of the paper discusses how higher education policy can improve the gender gaps within the current constraints in each country.


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