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Lunch Hour Lecture | Is girls’ education the answer to everything?

29 November 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

A group of girls in Ghana carrying metal bowls on their head as a protest

Girls’ education is frequently portrayed as a panacea – to overpopulation, poverty, harmful social norms, and political instability. This lunchtime lecture critiques this through three presentations from UCL IOE’s Centre for Education and International Development (CEID). 

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About the Lecture:
Girls’ education is frequently portrayed as a panacea – to overpopulation, poverty, harmful social norms, and political instability. This lunchtime lecture critiques this through three presentations from UCL IOE’s Centre for Education and International Development (CEID). 

The first presentation asks who is promoting strategies about girls’ education, and why. It sets out four pathways associated with policy, practice and research – what works, what matters, what disorganises, and what connects; and traces the processes and outcomes emerging from these.  

The second presentation poses a decolonial critique of white feminism within the international development sector and asks what the sector can learn from critical feminist movements that arise from some of the world’s most violated, and most incarcerated populations.  

The third presentation draws insights from girls’ accounts of sexual exploitation and violence in schools, with a case study from Uganda. The presenter will reflect on complex layers of silencing within research, policy and practice that sustain gender violence in schools.   

Across the presentations the speakers reflect on what kinds of connections need to be built to counter unjust structures and ideas shaping intersecting inequalities in education around the world.  

This Autumn, we bring you a Lunch Hour Lecture Series to showcase how UCL research transforms lives.

About the Speakers

Elaine Unterhalter

Professor of Education and International Development at Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), in IOE UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, UCL

Elaine has worked on research projects on education inequalities in a number of countries in Africa, and leads the Accountability for Gender Equality in Education (AGEE) project, in partnership with colleagues from South Africa, Malawi and the UK. https://www.gendereddata.org/

Laila Kadiwal

Lecturer in Education and International Development at Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), in IOE UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, UCL

Laila works on the intersections of caste, race, gender, class and education in conflict-affected settings. Her current research focuses on how anti-genocide social movements, led by critical feminists, are learning, producing, debating and theorising new understandings of transformative justice in India.

Jenny Parkes

Professor of Education, Gender and International Development at Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), in IOE UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, UCL

Jenny's scholarship focuses on the relationship between violence, gender and inequalities in young people’s lives, and the role of education. Her current research is a collaboration between partners in Uganda and the UK for the longitudinal Contexts of Violence in Adolescence Cohort Study (CoVAC).