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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The final section summarizes the key findings and their policy implications .
Conceptual Background The gender inequalities in Muslim countries can be
analyzed from several perspectives . One can emphasize the impact of Islamic
Thus , rather than tying the current gender gaps in education to Islam , several
African scholars have argued that the gap is ... Besides the roles of culture and
colonial experience on Islamic practice , it is useful to examine the significance of
Thus , Islamic doctrine can and has been used to justify both the subordination (
as in the case of Iran regarding ... views in matters related to female schooling
and Islamic interpretations of human rights , some scholars can be viewed as ...
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