Japanese Language Education as a Tool for Empowerment and Development of Women: The Case of Bangladesh (68580)

Session Information: Education and Social Welfare
Session Chair: Teng Huang

Saturday, 27 May 2023 09:30
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

Patriarchy and gender-based discrimination is a common socio-structural phenomena in Bangladesh. Like in other developing nations, patriarchy is the primary impediment to women's empowerment and development. According to the Population Census 2022, the country's male population has decreased dramatically, with the male-female ratio at 98: 100.3. The recent labor force participation rate for Bangladeshi women was roughly 38%, compared to 84% for males. Whereas Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocates for the establishment of gender equality and empowerment for all women by 2030. It is evident that learning second language became handy for getting an employment in many places in the world. Currently, the Japanese language is taught in various government and private institutions. Examples of notable institutions are Technical Training Center (TTC) and Dhaka University graduate program. Using Amartya Sen's capability approach and social exclusion, this study attempts to explore the role of Japanese language education in women's empowerment and development. We adopted feminist qualitative methodology for conducting the research study and respondents were selected purposively by using snowball sampling technique. Data were collected by using in-depth interviews in the form of ‘Testimonio’ and analyzed thematically. The study findings reveal that Japanese language education has brought unprecedented success for the recipients, and many moved to Japan and found good placements. This study might guide policymakers both in Bangladesh and Japan with an indication of the potential benefits of language learning for women and suggests possible initiatives to promote women's development and empowerment further.

Md Abdur Rashid, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
Alamgir Kabir, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Bangladesh
Tanvir Hasan Shourov, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Bangladesh
Mehedi Hasan Jenis, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Bangladesh
Most Rokeya Akter, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Bangladesh

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Md Abdur Rashid is a University Doctoral Student at University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Canada

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00