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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at hand concerned not only an issue of devolution of property on death , but also concerned an application of African customary law in the context of inheritance and succession of the estate of an Africa who was party to customary law ...
There are still strong feelings against inheritance rights for women . Michael Chenge reports how communities in Western Kenya opposed constitutional reforms that proposed equal land inheritance rights for sons and daughters .
In Zimbabwe , its sway has recently ( see Zulu 1999 ) been strengthened by Supreme Court rulings on women's inheritance rights . In South Africa , national / statutory laws are egalitarian , but in rural areas these may have little ...
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