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Gender Biases in Textbooks is a Mirror to Understand Preferences of the State

Aamir Riaz

March 8th, 2017

 

 


I reviewed textbooks but not in official capacity but as private researcher yet in news item it is reported otherwise. I did research regarding content analysis and review of pictures two times in last 6 years yet i also check old textbooks too. Although there is a visible change in PCTB books yet a lot more work is still pending partly due to bureaucratic mechanism and partly due to capacity. Anyway, here I am sharing two news items especially withreference of only Gender biases.

During Pervez Musharraf’s era, the country decided to reform textbooks to ensure gender parity with the help of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) but a 2015 study reveals the books remain as biased as they were in 2004. Masculinity and ‘male knowledge’ prevails while female representation is limited to roughly 20% in characters and pictures. Fewer women are shown in nondomestic pursuits.

women were associated with numerous trades but under the influence of a specific mindset, somehow we did not want to accept it.
 In some instances some positive development had also taken place. Some sections of books now promote religious tolerance and plural values

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http://punjabpunch.blogspot.com/2017/03/gender-biases-in-textbooks-is-mirror-to.html

 

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