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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to assess and choose women ' s rights advocacy or gender mainstreaming
options . To ensure the exercise of that latitude and agency , donors and advisors
need to be freed of assumptions and paradigms that inadvertently narrow the
When such assumed connections do not exist , the meaning of advocacy , i . e .
advocacy on behalf of whom , feeds the cynicism of those agreeing to the laws .
Insofar as the groups are representative , the women ' s rights programs promote
Might women ' s rights advocacy assume a liberal legal model ? Is it predicated
on legal systems that are not the current , nor perhaps the future , legal
frameworks in some areas of Africa ? Might the advocacy part of women ' s rights
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