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 Development—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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... lead the herd because she will lead them into a ditch,” a particularly striking patriarchal reconstruction of cattle behavior, since heifers can be seen by the side of the road leading herds every day5 (Emang Basadi 1998: 26).
In 1990 Emang Basadi joined forces with regional women lawyers' groups to support a suit brought by lawyer and activist Unity Dow, challenging the Citizenship Amendment Law on both constitutional and international human rights' grounds.
Winning the Citizenship Amendment Case catalyzed the Botswana women's rights movement, led by Emang Basadi. But government continued to stonewall, not actually changing the legislation and even threatening to float a nation-wide ...
elections, however, were a disappointment for Emang Basadi since, for complex political reasons, fewer women were nominated and elected. Women's representation dropped from 18 percent (8 out of 44) to 9 percent (6 out of 63).8 But even ...
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