ERIC Number: EJ1053786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Gender Structure and Women's Agency: Toward Greater Theoretical Understanding of Education for Transformation
Stromquist, Nelly P.
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v34 n1 p59-75 2015
Under the research radar, and yet highly influential in transformation of practices concerning the social understanding and enactment of gender, are women-led non-governmental organizations (WNGOs). Their continued efforts to reconfigure gender identities and their impact on public policy formation have expanded notions of citizenship and democracy as well as moved social justice to greater levels of concreteness. This article seeks to contribute to the literature by probing the role of WNGOs as educational institutions that both create and disseminate knowledge about gender inequalities and gender justice and, in so doing, foster the formation of assertive individual and collective identities that subsequently influence the public arena through their advocacy of measures to reduce inequalities between women and men. The work by these WNGOs confirms the theoretical premise that to effect social change, new knowledge must be created by the very groups that seek to alter the disadvantageous conditions that confront them.
Descriptors: Females, Nongovernmental Organizations, Institutional Role, Sex Fairness, Social Justice, Gender Issues, Advocacy, Social Change, Sex Role, Adult Education, Feminism, Nonformal Education, Informal Education, Achievement, Failure, Womens Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Dominican Republic; Peru