Power, Gender, and Social Change in Africa
Gender plays a hugely significant and too often under-considered role in predicting how accessible resources such as education, wage-based employment, physical and mental health care, adequate nutrition and housing will be to an individual or community.
According to a 2001 World Bank report titled Engendering DevelopmentThrough Gender Equality in Rights, Resources, and Voice, enormous disparities exist between men and women in terms of basic rights and the power to determine the future, both in Africa and around the globe. A better understanding of the links between gender, public policy and development outcomes would allow for more effective policy formulation and implementation at many levels. This book, through its discussion of the challenges, achievements and lessons learned in efforts to attain gender equality, sheds light on these important issues.
The book contains chapters from an interdisciplinary group of scholars, including sociologists, economists, political scientists, scholars of law, anthropologists, historians and others. The work includes analysis of strategic gender initiatives, case studies, research, and policies as well as conceptual and theoretical pieces.
With its format of ideas, resources and recorded experiences as well as theoretical models and best practices, the book is an important contribution to academic and political discourse on the intricate links between gender, power, and social change in Africa and around the world.
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As my interviews revealed the range of opinions about the rate and direction of
social change , it became overwhelmingly clear to me that feminist
anthropologists who support women ' s rights as human rights must face the
same conundrum ...
One of the first concerns we addressed pertained to the weakness of women ' s
international human rights law . As feminist legal scholar Hilary Charlesworth has
demonstrated , the structures supporting women ' s human rights are more ...
See also Murray Wesson , “ Grootboom and Beyond : Reassessing Socio -
Economic Jurisprudence of the South African Constitutional Court , ” 20 South
African Journal on Human Rights 284 ( 2004 ) . 12 See , for example , Paul
Collier , The ...
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