No ‘Silver Bullet’ for Closing the Gender Gap in Patriarchal Societies

Research by Dr Zaki Wahhaj, a senior lecturer at Kent School of Economics, and Professor M Niaz Asadullah from the University of Malaya, has been highlighted in an article in The Conversation on this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Both award winners were recognised for ‘their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education’.

Zaki Wahhaj and M Niaz Asadullah argue that the lives of adolescent girls in patriarchal societies are constrained by multiple norms, regarding marriage, childbearing, employment, etc. and programmes and policies that focus on just one of these constraints at the exclusion of others will fail to make a comprehensive difference in their lives. The authors are engaged in a project on ‘The role of Secondary Schooling and Gender Norms in the Long-Term Opportunities and Choices of Rural Bangladeshi Women’. Read the full article here.

The project is funded by the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade.