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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Chapter three, while taking a case study perspective, discusses political leadership and social transformation. Chapter four examines gender and its importance in the development process by looking at the economic roots of African ...
... for a reflexive feminist anthropology but the responsibilities as well — once the parameters of shared understanding have been broached — to articulate this internal awareness in the social movement spaces of political activism.
very least, go hand in hand with a transformation of both the knowledge imparted as well as the social milieu within which learning takes place. It is important that we nurture an environment which encourages men and women to recognize ...
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