Reversal of Gender Disparity in Journalism Education- Study of Ghana Institute of Journalism

Kodwo Jonas Anson Boateng

Abstract


Journalism has practically become a feminine profession across the world. To understand the root of the flow of women into the Journalism profession it is pertinent to begin at the university education level. Gallagher’s 1992 worldwide survey of female students in 83 journalism institutions reveals a significant increase in number of female students. Djerf-Pierre (2007) and others argue along Bourdieu’s conception of education as a form of social capital which empowers, enables and enhances women’s competitiveness in a pre-dominantly androgynous social arena. The study analyses 16 years of enrolment data of the Academic Affairs Unit of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), a leading Journalism, and Communication University in Africa, to understand the growing feminization of the journalism profession in Ghana. To this end the study, employs the UNESCO gender parity index model (GPI) to ascertain the gender parity ratio of male to female students enrolled at the University. Findings indicate a significant shift in the gender parity ratio in favour of women in the journalism education.

Keywords


feminization; gender parity; gender equity; Ghana Institute of Journalism; journalism education;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15847/obsOBS11220171019

License URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/