Gender Equitable Education

All societies value and treat women and men differently—most often to the detriment of women, their families, and communities. Such gender-based inequity is the topic of this essay. First, the essay describes the importance of gender equitable education and explains the key concepts used to define gender equity. The essay then examines the scope of gender equity in education and reviews strategies that can be used to achieve gender equity at both the national and international levels.

Importance of Gender Equitable Education

Inequities with respect to gender are frequently compounded by other status characteristics such as race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation/identity, wealth, age, and social status. Those with multiple lower-valued status characteristics often receive the fewest benefits and the most severe negative consequences.

In some societies, such as ...

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