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Women, Education & the Diaspora
FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN OF AFRICA, NIGERIA CHAPTER (2012)
  • Dr Williams Emeka Obiozor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka-Nigeria
Abstract

Educating the woman is a challenge to many governments in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria where successive governments have made efforts to promote and support women education and bridging the gender gap in the education, labor and economic sector. This position paper examined issues and challenges of women regarding education and the Diaspora: An experience coming from a Nigerian-American who spent more than a decade living and working in the United States of America. Motivations for leaving an individuals’ homeland are as varied as the immigrants themselves, especially women who leave for opportunity, some for adventure, education, marriage and some to escape oppressive conditions which threaten their rights and lives. Women migrant workers in America on the other hand, whether documented or undocumented, are much more vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and abuse. Gender-based discrimination intersects with discrimination based on non-national status, race, ethnicity, religion, economic status – placing women migrants in conditions of racial profiling, discrimination, economically disadvantaged or vulnerability to exploitation and abuse. Through the triangulation process, the author gathered vital research materials for the paper with suggestions for effective reforms and adult education strategies for preparing Nigerian women for better life within and outside Nigeria were provided.

Keywords
  • Africa,
  • culture,
  • diaspora,
  • marriage,
  • divorce,
  • migration,
  • education,
  • development,
  • immigration,
  • women,
  • America,
  • adult education
Publication Date
November 26, 2012
Comments
This paper was presented at the international conference of the Federation of University Women in Africa (FUWA) held at the Whyte View Hotel, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. .. Thursday November 29, 2012.
Citation Information
Dr Williams Emeka Obiozor. "Women, Education & the Diaspora" FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN OF AFRICA, NIGERIA CHAPTER (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/drwilliams_obiozor/24/