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Critical Analysis of the Contribution of Women’s University in Africa Towards the Attainment of SDG 5

  • Tsungai Rumbidzai Nondo
  • Alexio Mbereko
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Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)

Abstract

For a long time, patriarchy and capitalism have been major systems of women oppression and unfair treatment. In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a development framework for development for all. Women’s universities contribute towards several SDGs, but more specifically towards SDG 5 (SDG 5). This chapter examines the contribution of Women’s University in Africa (WUA) towards the attainment on gender equality and women empowerment. The paper utilised secondary and indepth-interview data as methods of data collection. The findings show that WUA contributes to SDG 5 amongst others in the following manner: student output, training of unskilled people, empowering working women, the development of relevant courses and public seminars and research. The WUA has a policy of enrolling more females (85%) than males (15%). In 2018, the university enrolment was comprised of 3144 females (83%) and 661 males (17%). In addition, the majority of women chose to do social sciences, followed by business management and lastly agricultural sciences. It also emerged that the university faces a plethora of problems, especially the lack of financial resources and support from the state. In conclusion, the WUA contributes towards gender equality and women empowerment. As such, the institutions occupy a special sphere that complements the scaling up of SDG 5 implementation.

Keywords

Women’s university Gender empowerment Higher education Africa SDGs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsungai Rumbidzai Nondo
    • 1
  • Alexio Mbereko
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Community DevelopmentWomen’s University in AfricaGreendaleZimbabwe
  2. 2.Department of Child Sensitive Social PolicyWomen’s University in AfricaGreendaleZimbabwe

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