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Title:Gender and education in post-apartheid South Africa: possibilities and limitations of the international human rights framework
Author:Negrón, Laura A.ISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:social and economic rights
access to education
gender inequality
women's education
international law
Gender identity in education
human rights
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/eajphr/article/view/39350
Abstract:Although a fundamental right to education free from gender disparity has been established under myriad international legal instruments, chronic and pervasive educational deprivations persist for over 90 million girls worldwide. This article addresses the schism between the promise and reality of universal primary education for girls, and considers whether existing international human rights law can be effective as a tool by which to achieve gender equality in education. It provides an overview of the international legal framework and the global context undergirding the universal right to basic education; discusses the nexus between the right to education and the ability to exercise other human rights; and explores the myriad forces that obstruct gender equality in education. The final section examines the intersection between international human rights law and national law through the lens of South Africa's struggle to achieve its constitutionally-enshrined goal of universal basic education, with particular focus on the unique obstacles to schooling faced by girls. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]