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Title:Educating women for development
Author:Belhachmi, Zakia
Periodical:IFDA Dossier
Geographic term:Morocco
Subject:women's education
Abstract:Western theories of modernisation, and the resulting development strategies and planning do not contribute to the liberation of women in the Arab Muslim context in so far as they see 'tradition' and 'modernisation' as mutually exclusive concepts. In fact, as the author shows, Arab Muslim tradition does not demand women's inferiority. She quotes Tahar Haddad, an early Tunisian feminist, who already in the 20s advocated education of women as a key element of their liberation as well as of development. The author also examines the case of her own country, and sees in the type of exogenous modernisation embarked upon after independence a major structural barrier to women's liberation. She calls for a shift from anti-participatory strategies to a new, people-oriented, paradigm. (This paper constitutes a chapter of a forthcoming book whose title is the same as that of the article.) Notes, sum. also in French and Spanish.