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Educating Women’s Rights through Teacher Education in Pakistan: Reality or Paradox

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Author(s): Muhammad Ayub BUZDAR | Akhtar ALI | Muhammad NADEEM

Journal: International Online Journal of Educational Sciences
ISSN 1309-2707

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 918;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: teacher education | freedom of expression | harassment

ABSTRACT
Major aim of the study was to check the role of teacher training institutions in disseminating awareness of women’s rights in Pakistan. Awareness and participation of future teachers in feminist activities was also questioned through the study. The preparedness of prospective teachers to join women’s rights movement in Pakistan was also examined. A close ended questionnaire was developed to search the answers of research questions. Viewing the time constraints, the study was delimited only to three public sector university campuses/departments in Punjab (Pakistan). Findings revealed unorganized awareness of women’s rights among prospective teachers. Commitment of the respondents and departmental efforts to promote their dedication with women’s rights movement were also weak. Inclusion of women’s rights as a separate subject in teacher education curricula was recommended in the study. Enhanced role of teacher training institutions and women’s rights activists to raise awareness and commitment of the future teachers was also suggested.
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