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 East African Cases: Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda Rwanda, Tanzania and
Uganda have also experienced transitions in the past two decades. Uganda was
first, with the National Resistance Movement (NRM) wresting power from the ...
In Tanzania, not marked by the kind of conflict experienced in Uganda or
Rwanda, women activists from the Tanzania Gender Networking Project have
monitored closely the reserved seat system, put in place following the 1992
In addition to those 74 seats, women in Uganda were directly elected to 14
constituency seats in the national legislature and one more woman was elected
to an additional seat for the army for a total of 89 parliamentary seats (27.6
An Illustration from Uganda, UWONET's Policy Advocacy Program16 The Policy
Advocacy program is UWONET's core program It seeks to include women as a
key constituency in the formulation and implementation of any laws, policies, ...
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