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National youth policies: A critical feminist exploration of goals, empowerment, and the opportunities for girls

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Many countries have national youth policies that often center on goals of social justice, empowerment, and agency consistent with the overarching theme of liberation. This presentation will explore the goals, substance, and implementation aspects of several national youth policies from varied areas of the world including India and Ghana. Through a critical feminist lens and empowerment frameworks, I explore the extent to which these policies target the structural and gender biases that create obstacles for the liberation and agency of the youth in societies. Do these youth policies focus on the practical and lived experiences of youth to help solve problems. Using a comparative approach to content analysis, these policies are examined in particular to determine to what extent they focus on and provide opportunities to engage, empower, and liberate girls in cultures that have been culturally dominated by males. Are there specific strategies for adolescent girls that recognize the compounded difficulties in their lives? What kinds of opportunities exist for realistic implementation of the policies, who is responsible for implementation including any partnerships with education systems, and noted outcomes will also be explored. In general, these policies have some similar positive goals toward liberatory and democratic ends with some specific mention of the needs of young girls. However, they usually do not go far enough in tacking structural issues and their implementation aspects are often weak and without clearly designated processes.
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Stacki, Sandra. "National youth policies: A critical feminist exploration of goals, empowerment, and the opportunities for girls" 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/p494072_index.html>

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Stacki, S. L. , 2011-04-30 "National youth policies: A critical feminist exploration of goals, empowerment, and the opportunities for girls" 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/p494072_index.html

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Abstract: Many countries have national youth policies that often center on goals of social justice, empowerment, and agency consistent with the overarching theme of liberation. This presentation will explore the goals, substance, and implementation aspects of several national youth policies from varied areas of the world including India and Ghana. Through a critical feminist lens and empowerment frameworks, I explore the extent to which these policies target the structural and gender biases that create obstacles for the liberation and agency of the youth in societies. Do these youth policies focus on the practical and lived experiences of youth to help solve problems. Using a comparative approach to content analysis, these policies are examined in particular to determine to what extent they focus on and provide opportunities to engage, empower, and liberate girls in cultures that have been culturally dominated by males. Are there specific strategies for adolescent girls that recognize the compounded difficulties in their lives? What kinds of opportunities exist for realistic implementation of the policies, who is responsible for implementation including any partnerships with education systems, and noted outcomes will also be explored. In general, these policies have some similar positive goals toward liberatory and democratic ends with some specific mention of the needs of young girls. However, they usually do not go far enough in tacking structural issues and their implementation aspects are often weak and without clearly designated processes.


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