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Researcher says school history texts promote gender inequality
2012-10-22 17:46:19 | (0 Comments)
Charlene Stuart, Senior Gleaner Reporter
A researcher at the University of the West Indies is asserting that some of the books being used in schools promote gender inequality which is contributing to the violent crimes being committed against women in Jamaica.
Research fellow at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the university’s Mona campus, Suzanne Charles-Watson, says a study of all CXC history textbooks found that women are not seen as equals to men.
The project coordinator and co-author of a “Gender review of Caribbean History textbooks” says the study found that women are painted as essential but largely incidental beings.
The review was conducted by the institute in collaboration with the Caribbean Kunuku Collective and was designed to examine the extent to which history textbooks promote gender equality.
Charles Watson says the study looked at the visuals, language and text in the books and in one instance found that male figures were assigned powerful roles 97 percent of the times, compared to 55 percent for females.
She says these historical texts are leaving students with the impression that women do not matter much.
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