Gender discrimination in education


by: Egzona Azemi

A strong education system, in line with the principle of non- discrimination, is key for redressing gender injustice in wider society, and for overcoming social and cultural norms that discriminate against  women, furthermore sexual harassment may remain an especially critical factor of more covert discrimination even so an important barrier to women’s career development.

Unfortunalety students see this phenomenon as widespread in our country, a girl from faculty of economics emphasized that “the existence of different stereotypes in education dates in previous years…sexual harassment are among the problems that Kosovo society faces every day more, this phenomenon has resulted from some economic stagnation, political- legal, social etc.” As a result of these gaps, the female gender is more threatened in every area of activity.

Prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination are part of the fabric of minority education. The minority have always been under siege of these phenomenons. In Kosovo’s schools, racial-gender discrimination is also quite prevalent says another student from minority groups, He hear  from  proffesors addressing his friends :  “bëhu pak më e bardh, ta qes pesë” (become a little white, for grading five),  He also says that sexual harassment exist in our schools and universities, most often in the form of conditioning to higher grades.

In a general argument can be highlighted that poverty, geographical isolation, ethnic background, traditional attitudes about their status and role all undermine the ability of women and girls to exercise their rights in education.

Indeed, practices that still prevent women from enrolling, completing and benefiting from education are early marriage and pregnancy, gender- based violence, and discriminatory education laws, policies and contents. Thereby gender- based discrimination in education is both a cause and a consequence of deep- rooted disparities in society.



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