Women and girls in Tajikistan: new roles, new expectations; why do girls drop out of school? Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Arazmedova, Gozel
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Russian, Eurasian and East European Concentration
  • Education is one of the most important elements in each child's personal development and preparation for adulthood. Girls' school participation remains an alarming issue in Tajikistan since its independence from Soviet Union in 1991, particularly in country's rural and remote areas. This thesis is based on the analysis of primary and secondary sources and different variable such as social, economic life of Tajik people and looks at the mechanism of young girls in Tajikistan dropping out of school and factors contributing to this issue. Further comparison analysis of families' attitude toward girls' education in Kyrgyz and Tajik families is provided. The answer found indicates that the primary reasons for girls to drop out of school in Tajikistan are poverty and the revival of patriarchal values. These factors put women and girls in a less valuable position and influences family's decision on which children to educate. However, in Kyrgyzstan the education of girls is prioritized in the family and seen as a key element in her financial independence.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Art in the Russian and East European Studies in the Department of Slavic, Russian and East European Studies."
  • Robertson, Graeme
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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