Is life getting better for young women?

McGinty, Sue, Rossetto, Allison, McMahon, Anthony, and Francis, Abraham (2015) Is life getting better for young women? Social Work Review, 51 (1). pp. 18-29.

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[Extract] The real difficulty is that people have no idea of what education truly is. We assess the value of education in the same manner as we assess the value of land or of shares in the stock-exchange market. We want to provide only such education as would enable the student to earn more. We hardly give any thought to the improvement of the character of the educated. The girls, we say, do not have to earn; so why should they be educated? As long as such ideas persist there is no hope of our ever knowing the true value of education. M. K. Gandhi cited in (National Council for Teacher Education, Undated)

Introduction. The United Nations Millennium Campaign started in 2000.147 heads of State and 189 member states of the United Nations, through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed, interalia, to deliver universal education and eliminate gender disparity. Two of the eight MDGs are focused on education, particularly the education of girls. MDG 2 targets universal primary education by 2015 while MDG 3 seeks to eliminate gender disparity in primary education by 2005 and all other levels of education by 2015. The attention on girls follows increasing evidence that educating girls has multiple flow-on effects including improved maternal health and a reduction in infant mortalities, limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS, empowering women and reducing poverty (Archer, 2005). As the saying goes “If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate the nation” (UnitedNations Economic and Social Council, 28/02/2006)).

Item ID: 49049
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2394-8728
Keywords: social work, education, Millennium Development Goals(MDGs)
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