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ERIC Number: EJ903581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1938-9809
Addressing the Issue of Gender Equity in the Presidency of the University System in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region
Guramatunhu-Mudiwa, Precious
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2010 n2 2010
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a regional economic grouping of 15 countries whose common vision is to promote economic, social and political development and growth. Arguably, sustainable growth can be realized if there is equal access to all positions of power and influence in the area, but an investigation of 117 universities revealed that while 105 universities (89.7%) are led by male presidents, only 12 universities (10.3%) are led by females. Only 6 of the 15 countries had institutions led by female presidents. This paper postulates that the gender gap in the university presidency is attributable to the theory of hierarchical marginalization--a theory that avers that men predominantly seek to control productive sectors of the economy, while relegating women to the reproductive sectors that have comparatively less influence. The paper concludes by suggesting ways that SADC countries could address gender equity in the university leadership with the goal advancing development in the region. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access