Education as a Right: The Abuse of Preventing Women’s Access to Education


In societies worldwide, education stands as a fundamental right—a catalyst for empowerment and progress. Yet, for countless women, this right is withheld, often as a tool of control and abuse. Considering that in Bosnia and Herzegovina it is sort of considered “traditional” for a woman to strictly be a housewife and let the man do the education and all the work to provide for the family. Denying women access to education not only violates their basic human rights but also perpetuates cycles of oppression and inequality. What consequences could an uneducated woman have in the future?

Understanding the Impact

To comprehend the gravity of denying women access to education, we must first acknowledge its profound impact. Education empowers women, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to participate fully in society. It opens doors to economic independence, leadership roles, and opportunities for personal growth. By restricting this access, abusers perpetuate a cycle of dependency and disempowerment, reinforcing harmful gender norms and inhibiting women’s agency. Sadly, this type of abuse usually comes with other types such as physical abuse which has its own consequences as well:

No Education for Women

Increased Vulnerability: The combination of physical abuse and the denial of education amplifies women’s vulnerability and dependence on their abusers. Without access to education or skills to support themselves, women may feel trapped in abusive situations, unable to leave due to financial or practical constraints. Victims may internalize feelings of worthlessness and dependency, believing they have no alternatives outside of the abusive relationship. This cycle can be difficult to break without access to education or support services.

Isolation and Control: Abusers may use the denial of education alongside physical abuse to further isolate victims from external support networks. By limiting access to education, abusers maintain control over victims’ social interactions and independence, making it more challenging for victims to seek help or escape.

Interference with Recovery: The denial of education can interfere with victims’ ability to recover and rebuild their lives after leaving abusive relationships. Without access to education and job opportunities, survivors may struggle to achieve financial stability and regain their sense of agency and self-worth. They may lack the resources or skills needed to support themselves and their children independently, further perpetuating their dependence on the abuser.

Overall, the combination of physical abuse and the denial of education exacerbates the harm inflicted on women, perpetuating cycles of violence, dependence, and inequality. It is crucial to address both forms of abuse comprehensively and provide survivors with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives and break free from abusive situations. Education is not just a privilege; it is a fundamental human right. By denying women access to education, abusers perpetuate cycles of oppression and inequality, undermining the fabric of society. It is incumbent upon us to recognize education as a form of abuse and take decisive action to dismantle the barriers that prevent women from realizing their full potential. Together, let us strive for a world where every woman has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, free from the shackles of abuse and inequality.


In many societies, education is seen as a fundamental right. But for countless women, it’s a right denied—a tool of control and abuse. Denying women education perpetuates cycles of oppression and inequality. Combined with physical abuse, it amplifies vulnerability, traps victims, and interferes with recovery. It’s time to recognize education as a form of abuse and empower women to break free.

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