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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As shown in Table 8 - 1 , the majority of the women ( about 53 percent ) noted
that it was proper to leave the husband if he beats her frequently . This was
followed by sexual infidelity ( 33 percent ) and if the woman thought he might be
Beyond culture and colonial heritage , the majority status of a religion in a country
can bear on the effect of this religion . Knodel et al . ( 1999 ) find support for this
minority status hypothesis in their work on reproduction . More recently , writers ...
The dissent forcefully challenged the stereotypes the majority opinion appeared
to perpetuate , stating that the Constitution is meant to be transformative . Part of
that transformative vision is not to reinforce old stereotypes , but to pursue a ...
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