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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Thus any differences that emerge from the analyses can more reliably be
attributed to variations across these countries and sub - regions and not to timing
. The choice of countries is dictated by several factors : availability of information
The first model ( model 1 ) addresses the effect of regional differences across
SSA using West Africa as the reference . Models 2 , 3 , and 4 reflect the variations
in socio - economic , demographic , and national conditions , respectively .
The regional , socio - economic , demographic , and national controls are
significantly more associated with girls ' dropout from tuition - related costs , with
their effects visible and very substantial ( table 2 ) . The likelihood of the gap
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