1st Edition

Distant Alliances Gender and Education in Latin America

Edited By Regina Cortina, Nelly P. Stomquist Copyright 2000
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this ground-breaking study, Regina Cortina and Nelly Stromquist examine how the alliances of international agencies, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations have strengthened public support for educating girls and women in Latin America. Bringing a timely and readable account of the strategies pursued, the authors show how the strength of the women's movement has influenced the education of women and girls, and thus has helped to reduce poverty and strengthen the citizenship of women in developing countries. The book's overview of recent initiatives, along with its illuminating case studies of developing nations, offers the reader a window into educational reform and the realities of social change in Latin America.

    Introduction; I: Gender Equity in Education Policy; Public Policies on Gender and Education in Paraguay; Gender Equity in Bolivian Educational Policies; Public Policy and Adult Education for Women in Brazil; II: Nongovernmental Organizations and the Education of Adult Women; Learning for the Construction of a Feminist Agenda within Organizations in Civil Society; Other Ways to Be Teachers, Mothers, and Fathers; Educating about Gender; Leadership Training; From the Local to the Global and the Global to the Local; III: International Development Agencies and Gender Equity in Education for Women and Girls in Latin America; Global Priorities and Local Predicaments in Education; UNESCO and the Education of Girls and Women in Latin America and the Caribbean; Restructuring Bilateral Aid for the Twenty-First Century; USAID Efforts to Expand and Improve Girls’ Primary Education in Guatemala; Ambiguities in Compensatory Policies; Conclusions


    Nelly P. Stromquist is professor of education and an affiliated scholar in the Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and is past president of the Comparative and International Education Society. Regina Cortina is a faculty member and researcher in the School of Education at New York University.