Document Type

Graduate Research

Publication Date

Spring 4-2016

Abstract

Through initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals and Camfed, women’s access to education has been a main priority of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations alike around the world. But how successful are international, national, and local campaigns to support women’s access to education? What factors contribute to the success rate of women’s opportunity for education in West Africa? This project will identify the factors that contribute to women’s access and opportunity to education in West Africa, by analyzing country data, national surveys, and reports from various intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations. Specific focus will be given to Guinea, Niger, and Mali as case studies. I will focus on factors which contribute to the gender gap in edu- cation such as cultural norms and practices, poverty, maternal health, and poverty. Finally, this project will offer recommendations for how women’s access and opportunity to education can be improved in West Africa.

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