Enhancing Women’s Capacity in Peace Building Through the Open and Distance Learning System


The World Economic Forum reported in 2012 that women make up one half of the world's human capital. This study reveals that illiteracy among women often leads to poor self-image, and inadequate knowledge, making them susceptible to being deprived of their rights and ability to play active role in the society. In contrast, literate women express their talents constructively and give direction to their aptitude which enables them to lead a fulfilling and satisfying life. To improve their standard of education, there is need for alternative modes of education delivery that will enhance their educational opportunities. Open and Distance Learning has emerged as a boon to women of all ages to equip themselves intellectually through the acquisition of knowledge that translates to radical thinking, autonomous and liberation. The study explores diverse ways of enhancing women capacity in peace building through open university system. It also details the challenges and obstacles that women confront in participating in peace building efforts unless they reach certain educational level especially in the contemporary time that involves a lot of variables in attaining a goal. It recommends that women should be protected from stereotyping and marginalization in the society and that women's engagement in peace processes be increased.

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Abiodun Joseph Oluwadare, National Open University of Nigeria, Nigeria

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Conference: ECSS2015
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