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Dr.Tahereh Mirsardoo


Dr.Tahereh Mirsardoo

Dr. Tahereh Mirsardoo received her Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Tehran (1986) and Master's and PhD degrees both in Sociology from the Islamic Azad University (1995, 2003). She has started her teaching at the Islamic Azad University since 1999. She has published articles on social issues as well as two books. She has presented too many papers in national and international conferences. She also conducted 14 research projects and serves as the Chief Editor of Journal of Social Sciences.

Cultural contexts and women education in Afghanistan

Educational attainment is, without doubt, the most fundamental prerequisite for empowering women in all spheres of society, for without education of comparable quality and content to that given to boys and men, and relevant
to existing knowledge and real needs, women are unable to access well-paid, formal sector jobs, advance within them, participate in, and be represented in government and gain political influence. Moreover, the risk increases for
society as a whole that the next generation of children will be similarly ill-prepared. The gender gap in education in the developing countries is wider in comparison with advanced countries. Afghanistan is a developing country
in which the women have being suffered a vast gender gap in education. The main question in this paper is: how much vast is the gender educational gap in Afghanistan? How much are the cultural factors influence on this process? For to answer these questions, I will study the educational position of women as a position relative to men' education is disadvantaged socially and culturally. I will apply the sociological approaches and will investigate the obstacles of gender-equitable education. I will specially emphasis on traditions; religious norms; class status, family values and gender socialization. Moreover, I will focus on the social-cultural structure of Taliban period and its impacts on women education and will compare it to women education during last decade.

Key words: cultural context, political influence, gender gap, educational position, gender socialization.