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Natasha Ridge | Education | Gender | Gulf | GCC | Al Qasimi Foundation

Education and the Reverse Gender Divide in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: Embracing the Global, Ignoring the Local

Natasha Ridge
April 01, 2014

This book presents a comprehensive, nuanced view of gender and education in the context of resource-rich monarchies of the Arabian Gulf, namely, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Kuwait. In particular, it focuses on the gap between male and female school enrollment and educational achievement, which continues to widen in favor of girls in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Further, through a critical examination of modernization theory and discourses around gender and education, it discusses how international gender discourses and agreements interact with local gender discourses to create a situation in which neither boys nor girls are served effectively. It concludes by examining the longer term implications for the Gulf States of having the majority of young men less educated than their female counterparts and how this may impact future economic and social development.  

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