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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The Southern African Cases: Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa
Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa all emerged from conflict situations in the
early 1990s—Mozambique from decades of civil war, Namibia from decades of
war for ...
In Namibia, meanwhile, women's organizations have exerted considerable
pressure on political parties since before the 1999 election. Like South Africa,
Namibia has an active 50/50 campaign, and a 50/50 bill has been drafted and
In Namibia the percentage of women MPs doubled from the 1994 to 1999
election and then remained the same for the 2004 election (25 percent of voting
members). In terms of which type of quota is more effective in sending significant
... Election 1999/00 Election Mid-2000s Election Mozambique (none appointed)
Not Available Oct 1994 63/250 25.2% Dec 1999 75/250 30.0% Dec 2004 87/250
34.8% Namibia (excludes non-voting appointed)** Not Available Dec 1994 9/72
In Namibia, NDI had a program to “strengthen the Parliament by encouraging
greater public participation in the legislative process and making transparency,
accountability and responsiveness a top concern to members of Parliament and