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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In this moment of passionate contestation over citizenship , women in Africa are pressing their demands for entrance into the political spherespaces and practices that have been historically gendered as male .
When women have entered the political space of the kgotla — the village meeting of adult males — they have been defined as acting for men ( as when women acted as regents for male heirs to chiefship ) ; or their discussions of community ...
Such factors include advances in female and male secondary education . On average , with every unit of progress in male secondary education , the likelihood of girls dropping out of school for marriage increases by about 78 percent ...
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