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 Developmentā "Through 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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... Muna Ndulo and co - editor Margaret Grieco must be congratulated for gathering the distinguished group of multidisciplinary authors , who have written pieces that carefully excavate the myriad complexities of African women's lives .
Why did the results of these studies end up in publications that not only were inaccessible to the people who had been studied but made little or no contribution to improving the conditions of their lives ? And why was so much emphasis ...
Such a comfortable status is likely to afford them the space and means to make decisions about their lives ; decisions that would probably otherwise be left in the hands of others . For another , improvements in women's socioeconomic ...
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