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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Their organizational skills , in fact , were honed by trade and trading networks .
This essay suggests that involvement in trade necessarily brings women to a
situation of having full or at least partial economic rights , and that those
Nonetheless , the historical involvement of coastal women in trade in Ghana /
Gold Coast established their full economic rights to do business as they pleased ,
and that in turn resulted in , for instance , a relatively low rate of domestic
Agriculture , not trade , held pride of place in the societal ideology as women ' s
ideal occupation and women did most of the agricultural labor , usually estimated
at about 70 to 80 percent of the work . " 7 Nonetheless , as Nairobi grew many ...
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