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Emerging Concerns for Gender Equality and Role of Open and Distance Learning

Emerging Concerns for Gender Equality and Role of Open and Distance Learning
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Author(s): Verlaxmi Indrakanti (Anand Vihar College for Women, India)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 24
Source title: Open and Distance Learning Initiatives for Sustainable Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Umesh Chandra Pandey (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India) and Verlaxmi Indrakanti (Anand Vihar College for Women, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2621-6.ch015

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Abstract

Gender inequality is increasingly on the forefront of global developmental agenda and it is more acute in developing countries. The Indian conditions are much more difficult due to widespread socioeconomic, ethnic, linguistic and cultural variations across the country thus the job of educational planners becomes much more challenging. As compared to conventional systems of education, Open and Distance Learning systems are in a much better position to respond to the peculiar needs of women in India. This chapter describes the status of women education in light of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and intends to explore potential of Open and Distance Learning to address the issues of women empowerment. Efforts are made to place the women scholastic status vis-à-vis educational opportunities, reforms and prospects starting with a global perspective, the hurdles in women education and various governmental initiatives for women education. The constraints, new possibilities and a critical appraisal of existing initiatives have been given.

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