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Impact of Neo-liberal Restructuring of higher education on Afghan women’s agency in Afghanistan

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This presentation presents a critical feminist analysis of the impact of higher education (HE) on Afghan women’s agency, as educational policy demonstrates a shift toward neo-liberal theory. This shift has come as a result of recommendations made by the World Bank which has, since 2001, taken a lead in the restructuring and repairing of HE. Changes have included privatization of HE, deregulation, and marketization. The ministry of higher education has recognized the inclusion of women in HE as integral to the development process, and especially to the emancipation of women. This interprets as progress, in a country where less than 1% of women have access to HE. Moreover, a quick glance at history demonstrates that although traditionally very few women have had access to HE, it has often been these women who used their privileged locations to challenge deeply rooted gender-based discrimination, paving the way for changes that promised the beginning of an end to women’s subordinate position in society. Though there is some research that discusses women’s active agency during peaceful times, there are no known studies available exploring the impact of neo-liberal shuffling of HE on Afghan women’s agency in ‘post-conflict’ Afghanistan, specifically since 2001, when women have gained the most attention internationally. Thus the purpose of this presentation is to provide an understanding of what is happening in HE from a critical feminist perspective, as well how Afghan women are integrating these changes with their daily lives, as they continue to struggle with patriarchal oppression.
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Akseer, Spogmai. "Impact of Neo-liberal Restructuring of higher education on Afghan women’s agency in Afghanistan" 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/p494014_index.html>

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Akseer, S. , 2011-04-30 "Impact of Neo-liberal Restructuring of higher education on Afghan women’s agency in Afghanistan" 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/p494014_index.html

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Abstract: This presentation presents a critical feminist analysis of the impact of higher education (HE) on Afghan women’s agency, as educational policy demonstrates a shift toward neo-liberal theory. This shift has come as a result of recommendations made by the World Bank which has, since 2001, taken a lead in the restructuring and repairing of HE. Changes have included privatization of HE, deregulation, and marketization. The ministry of higher education has recognized the inclusion of women in HE as integral to the development process, and especially to the emancipation of women. This interprets as progress, in a country where less than 1% of women have access to HE. Moreover, a quick glance at history demonstrates that although traditionally very few women have had access to HE, it has often been these women who used their privileged locations to challenge deeply rooted gender-based discrimination, paving the way for changes that promised the beginning of an end to women’s subordinate position in society. Though there is some research that discusses women’s active agency during peaceful times, there are no known studies available exploring the impact of neo-liberal shuffling of HE on Afghan women’s agency in ‘post-conflict’ Afghanistan, specifically since 2001, when women have gained the most attention internationally. Thus the purpose of this presentation is to provide an understanding of what is happening in HE from a critical feminist perspective, as well how Afghan women are integrating these changes with their daily lives, as they continue to struggle with patriarchal oppression.


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