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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The Addis Ababa Declaration , adopted by the African Heads of State and
Government at their meeting in 1998 in Burkina Faso , makes a series of claims
that Packer takes issue with , including the following : “ harmful traditional
practices only ...
African traditions and customary law served the needs of the tribal communities
from which they developed , and together the traditional practices and customary
rules ensured that all members of the community had access to food , clothing ...
traditional concepts of customary law of succession to women in a modern
context is unjust and discriminatory . " It also ignores the fact that married women
work jointly with their husbands to accumulate property during the course of their
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