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Title:Bitches at the Academy: Gender and Academic Freedom at the African University
Authors:Tamale, Sylvia
Oloka-Onyango, Joe
Year:1997
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:22
Issue:1
Pages:13-37
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Africa
Subjects:academic freedom
universities
women's education
Education and Oral Traditions
Women's Issues
Education and Training
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Status of Women
gender
gender discrimination
gender relations
women's rights
Education of women
Abstract:This article considers the nature of formal structures of higher education in Africa in which both the myths and realities of gender parity and academic freedom are played out. After an examination of the historical context, the authors deal with the present status of female education in the academy and highlight the contradictions between the traditional roles of men and women and the basic principles of academic freedom in intellectual discourse as enshrined in the two main instruments on academic freedom on the continent: the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics (1990), and the Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility (1990). They further examine the place of the woman student in the academy. Finally, the authors consider some of the legal dimensions of the subject. They conclude that there is a lack of a comprehensive, gender-sensitive, all-embracing normative framework in which the concerns of gender and academic freedom are clearly spelt out and they show the limitations of a purely legalistic approach to the problem. The issue is deeply rooted in a variegated web of social, economic, cultural, political and conceptual problems. Any viable solution should begin at the level of the family, where education commences. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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