English-Language Textbooks and Gender Equality

In 1996 the Japanese government drew up the Basic Plan for Gender Equality, and in 1999 enacted the Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) includes the “enrichment of education to enhance consciousness of gender equality” in its 1997 revision of the Program for Education Reform. MEXT also tries “to correct a gender-fixed consciousness of sexual division of labor and to nurture a view of gender equality based on consciousness of human rights” and “plans to enrich education and learning that promote gender equality, in school and social education, by enriching training for teachers and persons concerned with education and by developing teaching materials.”  Asia- Pacific Human Rights Information Centre. Read the whole article…

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