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ERIC Number: ED569316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 186
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-9854-9
The Role of an International Higher Education Partnership to Improve Gender Equality and Empower Women
Morgan, Sandra Louise Clements
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Biola University
This is a research case study of an International Higher Education Partnership (IHEP) between Vanguard University of Southern California (VUSC) and the University of Duhok (UoD) in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq funded by the British Council DelPHE-Iraq project targeting Millennial Development Goal (MDG) #3 to promote gender equality and empower women. The value of examining the attributes and processes of a unique partnership contributes to expanding the role of the academy in building capacity for gender equality in the Duhok region. This case study analyzes the process through the theoretical lens of James Davison Hunter's four cultural change propositions. First, this case demonstrated the role of the top down initiative that created space and provided political and administrative support. Secondly, academics were identified as the elites who produce products of culture necessary to build a bridge from legislated public change to intrinsic cultural change for women's equality. Thirdly, the resulting dense overlapping networks contributed to the productive environment and sustainable partnership. Lastly, struggles and challenges are part of the cultural change process. In this project, religious diversity was an early concern because of a lack of understanding of the rich Christian heritage in the region, as well as local suspicion of disingenuous Christians who came to teach English with ulterior motives.However, as overlapping networks grew, religious diversity became a strength. Expanding Hunter's mention of convergence and concord, contributed to the understanding of the momentum created in a unique context of postwar conflict and nation building that prioritized and resourced higher education. An acceptable model to identify women's equality and empowerment adapted Kabeer's model of opportunity, access, and achievement to operationalize a process to add value to women in an honor based culture. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Iraq