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Exploring Women’s Education and Employment Opportunities in India, Syria, and the Philippines

Sarcol, E, Coutinho, I, Maguire, E, Collins, H and Jolliffe, P (2024) Exploring Women’s Education and Employment Opportunities in India, Syria, and the Philippines. The Qualitative Report, 29 (1). pp. 116-140. ISSN 1052-0147

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The implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 marked a new chapter in global development and laid the foundations for addressing inequalities that hinder holistic progress. However, gender gaps pose a significant threat to achieving these goals. Project DREAM (Developing Resilience, Education, Aspiration, and Motivation) sought to explore women’s sense of aspiration, achievement, and lived experience in India, Syria, and the Philippines, as well as develop pilot interventions to address gender disparities. Semi-structured interviews with 69 young women from India, Syria, and the Philippines informed the development of three interventions, namely an aspiration and job skills workshop series in the Philippines, Motivational Interviewing training in Syria and the Philippines, and a social media presence and launch event worldwide. This paper presents the findings of this international project, identifying four key parallels underpinning women’s lived experience: poverty, incomplete education, tradition, and patriarchy. Pre-existing gender inequalities, aggravated by the widespread health, economic, and social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, must be urgently addressed to ensure that no one is left behind on the road to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Nova Southeastern University
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2024 11:59
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 12:00
DOI or ID number: 10.46743/2160-3715/2024.5728
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22254
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