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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A recent WHO document ( 2004 : 10 ) reported that : The estimated number of
maternal deaths in 2000 for the world was 529 , 000 . ... In terms of the maternal
mortality ratio , the world figure is estimated to be 400 per 100 , 000 live births .
Reducing maternal mortality is not necessarily dependent on economic
development . It would cost only about $ 3 a person a year in low - income
countries to provide the essential services needed to tackle the problem : that
would cover a ...
Maternal mortality is quite different from perinatal mortality and infant mortality .
The latter two are much influenced by socio - economic factors , while maternal
mortality is much more directly a function of the quality of the health care
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