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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Many of these migrants have limited education and training and thus have few
marketable skills . Similarly , as one considers rural to urban migration , the vast
majority of cases tend to be age - and gender - selective and draw largely from
Since there is a gender gap in access to education ( Kalipeni 1997 ) , many girls
grow up with limited access to education , which further impedes their capability
to earn a living and thus forces them to seek employment in the informal sector .
A four - country study of Benin , Ghana , Guinea , and Tanzania found that
women benefited a great deal from microfinance ( savings ) , but credit outreach
was limited , and donors and NGOs were more successful than government
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