ERIC Number: EJ1145449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Men behind the Women of Educational Leadership in Afghanistan
Reilly, Elizabeth C.
Planning and Changing, v46 n3-4 p334-353 2015
On nearly any international index of those nations where women suffer the greatest, Afghanistan remains consistently identified within the top ten year after year. Afghanistan stands at a crossroad as the country makes the transition from reliance on extensive support for security from the international community to its own police forces and national army. If the rule of law cannot prevail, if Afghanistan cannot strive to uphold its constitutional guarantees of equal rights for women, and if UNESCO's goals for women as capacity builders and leaders cannot be realized, then the path that lies ahead could lead to civil war once again and a return to the suffering under Taliban-style justice. Even with a myriad of challenges, women in educational leadership are making small and steady gains, and some men in leadership are contributing to the slow transformation. This investigation profiles male leaders of Afghanistan who support women's rights, advancement, and leadership in the education sector. It highlights the backgrounds of two men and their efforts to overcome the obstacles that women face in attaining parity with men in Afghan society. Findings suggest that a growing number of Afghan male leaders support women in educational leadership through their diplomatic and political influence and actions and that a broader national vision of Afghanistan can lead to greater changes in society.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Administration, Women Administrators, Profiles, Social Change, Educational Development, Strategic Planning, Males, Change Agents, Semi Structured Interviews, Individual Characteristics, Educational Opportunities, Mentors, Family Work Relationship, Moral Issues, Social Influences, Social Support Groups
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site: http://education.illinoisstate.edu/planning/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan