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Title: The challenges of gender equity in student governance organisations of tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe, with special reference to Harare Province.
Authors: Mhlanga, Ruth
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: This study sought to uncover the challenges of gender equity in student governing bodies of Zimbabwean Tertiary Institutions. The research questions were more centered on four key areas, extent of gender equity in student governance bodies, factors surrounding tertiary institutions in promoting gender equity or inequity, importance of gender equity in student governance bodies and ways of alleviating the problem of gender inequity. The study employed qualitative approach and interpretive paradigm. The targeted populations were all the tertiary institutes in Zimbabwe and eight tertiary institutions were included in the study. The sample of the study was derived from Deans of students, students in student governing bodies (S.G.B), and general students. Deans of students were interviewed.Data analysis consisted of examining, categorising, tabulating or recombining evidence to address the initial proposing of a study. Data collection and analysis occurred simultaneously as an on-going process. Data were analyzed using the liberal feminism analysis and grounded theory. The key findings of the research were that, there were few females participating in student governing bodies of Zimbabwean Tertiary Institutions. Factors surrounding female participation include supportive environment, experience in leadership, leadership training factors hindering gender equity include verbal harassment, social stigma, religion, culture. The study also revealed that gender equity was very important and was to be observed critically in all the institutions. Tertiary institutions need to aim for 50-50 gender split in S.G.B finally to achieve gender equity there is need for all organization and each college to have gender policies. The study also recommended that the Non Governmental Organisation (N.G.O) should offer leadership training to female students for them to enhance their confidence and knowledge. The administration to have gender polices those which did not have and those who have to amend their constitution so as to promote females in decision making processes.
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URI: lis.zou.ac.zw:8080/dspace /handle/0/354
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