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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... Scholar - Activists in Feminist and Gender Studies Mary J . Osirim Over the past
two decades , African women scholars have made and continue to make major
contributions to gender and feminist studies scholarship in the social sciences .
For example , Ayesha Imam comments on the contributions of African gender
studies scholars to the debates over ... study of women in general and African
women in particular contributed to the breadth and depth of knowledge and
Closely related to their contributions to political economy are the contributions of
African feminist scholars to the ... As stated above , Steady ( 1981 ) was one of
the earliest researchers to indicate the myriad of factors that contribute to the ...
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