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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argued , in African pre - colonial dual systems , women had their own political
sphere , and in patrilineal as well as in matrilineal societies , women in ruling
lineages often had authority over women in many respects , but these forms of
In contrast , African women citizens and political leaders can draw on a long
historical tradition of powerful mothers , and I would argue that when that tradition
is combined with appeals to women ' s rights based on feminist appropriations of
by class as well as gender , and could lead to a more progressive women ' s
rights politics . ... out the praxis of women ' s citizenship — the blending of theory
and practice that can make women ' s citizenship and political leadership a reality
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Powerful Mothers and Equal Rights
The Economic Roots of African Womens Political Participation
Activisim Scholarship and Gender
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