Women, Literacy and Health: a Nepal perspective

31st Jan 2019, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Faculty of Health and Social Care

Women, Literacy and Health: a Nepal perspective – Anna Robinson-Pant 

In the field of women’s literacy and development, there has been a narrow policy emphasis on functional literacy as a vehicle for imparting modern health knowledge, particularly on reproductive health. Proposing an alternative theoretical framework – based on a broader conceptualisation of literacy as a social practice and health as connected with social justice – this seminar will draw on ethnographic research in Nepal to re-examine the relationship between gender, literacy and health.

Professor Anna Robinson-Pant Anna Robinson-Pant is Professor of Education at the University of East Anglia and holds the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation. She has worked in Nepal since the 1980s as a teacher trainer, educational planner and researcher. Her ethnographic research in Nepal – Why eat green cucumber at the time of dying? Exploring the link between women’s literacy and development – received the UNESCO International Award for Literacy Research in 2001. She is committed to raising the profile of participatory and ethnographic research approaches in the international development policy arena. As Editor of Compare: a journal of comparative and international education, she became interested in the geopolitics of academic writing and intercultural perspectives within research methodology. She has been actively involved in developing the internationalisation agenda within UK higher education, and received the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Learning (Theory Category) 2007 for her contribution to theoretical understanding in this field.

Related publications

Acharya, S. and A. Robinson-Pant (2017) Women, literacy and health: comparing health and education sectoral approaches in Nepal, Compare, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03057925.2017.1393622

Robinson-Pant, A. (2017) Academic literacies: ethnographic perspectives, in Callan, H. (ed) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology (IEA), New York: Wiley Robinson-Pant, A. and A. Wolf (2016) Researching Across Languages and Cultures: A guide to doing research interculturally, London: Routledge Robinson-Pant, A. (2016) Learning Knowledge and Skills for Agriculture to Improve Rural Livelihoods, IFAD-UNESCO, Paris. Available at: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002457/245765E.pdf

Robinson-Pant, A. (2016) Promoting health and literacy for women’s empowerment, Hamburg: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Available at: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002456/245698e.pdf

Robinson-Pant, A. (2016) Exploring the concept of insider-outsider in comparative and international research: essentialising culture or culturally essential? In Crossley, M., Arthur, L. and E. McNess (eds) Revisiting Insider-Outsider research in Comparative and International Education, Oxford: Symposium Books Robinson-Pant, A. and N. Singal (2016) Researching ethically across cultures: Issues of knowledge, power and voice, London: Routledge


  • 12:30pm – registration and refreshments
  • 1.00pm – Lecture

This is one of a series of public lectures planned for 2019. Further information is available here