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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For all the fanfare made by African leaders and policy makers about improving women's status through education , how much room would society give and how much political will would the leaders themselves exercise to turn what is largely ...
Changing society, in part, means contestation on certain issues. ... social inequalities inherent in contemporary African societies, the task, among other things, "is also necessarily and simultaneously profoundly a political struggle ...
In essence , they have outgrown the status assigned to them in traditional society . Customary law has lagged behind these economic and social changes . As more and more women begin working outside the home , earning money and acquiring ...
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