Gender analysis cross-cuts most of LDG activities: research, training and capacity-building, policy advocacy and teaching. A key element of Rao's research on migration and education has been to explore household level decision-making - in particular, of gendered educational choices, and their linkage to subsequent migration patterns. In July 2015, LDG members Aikman and Robinson-Pant will convene the sub-panel on ‘Education/learning and gendered aspirations’ of the International Conference: Gender Relations and Rising Inequalities 6-8 July 2015 being organised by the School of International Development, UEA. Rao will be convening the overall conference and a panel on ‘Feminist mobilisation and policy change’. See further details on: https://www.uea.ac.uk/devresearch/research-themes/gender/international-gender-conference-panels-and-convenors.
Aikman led Oxfam GB's Gender Equality in Education Project (2006-2008), which aims to build a specific gender awareness and expertise in the work of education NGO coalitions and advocacy work for Education For All in four countries (Kenya, Ghana, Malawi and Bangladesh).
In terms of policy advocacy, Rao continues to serve on the Global Advisory Committee of the UN Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) and was involved with developing a gender equality in education score card for South Asia.
Additionally, we hosted the Commonwealth Secretariat's meeting on gender in schools in October 2008 and were further asked to support their gender mainstreaming work in May 2009. The Literacy Inequalities Conference in September 2009 drew on these experiences with a panel on gendered educational inequalities.
Publications in this area include:
Aikman, S. and E. Unterhalter 2013 Gender equality, capabilities and the terrain of quality education. In Tikly, L. & Barrett, A.M. (eds.) Education Quality and Social Justice in the South: Challenges for policy, practice and research London: Routledge.pp. 25-39.
Aikman, S and N. Rao (2012). Gender equality and girls’ education: investigating frameworks, disjunctures and meanings of quality education. Theory and Research in Education. 10(3): 211-28.
Robinson-Pant, A. (2014) Women and Literacy: when will we stop talking about benefits and barriers? Compare: a journal of comparative and international education, Vol. 44/4, 655-662
Aikman, S., Unterhalter, E. and Boler, T. (eds) 2008 HIV/AIDS and Gender: Challenges for Education, Oxfam and ActionAid: Oxford.
Robinson-Pant, A. (2008) Women, Literacy and Development, in Hornberger, N. (ed), The Encyclopaedia of Language and Education, Vol. 2 Literacy (2nd. Edition), Springer, Heidelburg ISBN-13: 978-0-387-32875-1
Aikman, S. and E. Unterhalter (2007) Practising Gender Equality in Education, Oxfam: Oxford
Robinson-Pant, A. (2007) ‘Literacy', in B. Banks (ed), The Encyclopaedia of Gender and Education, Vol. 1, Praeger Publishers, Westport/London, ISBN-13: 978-0-313-33343-9