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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Furthermore a woman cannot simply do simple things such as going to the local
market or a health clinic on her own for fear of being accused of being unfaithful
to her husband . Regarding reproductive rights , we asked women several ...
with other women and that their fellow women have also cheated with men other
than their husbands . But when asked if they themselves had engaged in such
activities , almost 100 percent of them said no ( probably for fear that if they told
Women are restrained by culture not to leave or divorce their husbands even
when the husband does not provide economic support , is unfaithful , and has
AIDS . It is only when the man becomes extremely violent that a woman might
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