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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As of mid-2006 Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Seychelles all had national legislatures that included from 25 to nearly 50 percent women, placing them in the top 30 nations worldwide in terms of ...
... Namibia and South Africa Mozambique, 10 Chapter One.
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 ...
... or at 30 percent women in parliament at middecade. In Namibia the percentage of women MPs doubled from the 14 Chapter One.