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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... and de facto equality been achieved.”4 A Gender Links Publication,5 “Missing the Mark? Audit of the Southern African Development Community's Declaration on Gender and Development: Women in Decision-Making” has observed that laws, ...
... important about these global efforts is the increasing emphasis placed on women's rights being at the core of any strategy to achieve equality between women and men, in other words, prioritizing the strategic over the practical.
This book will have achieved its purpose if through its discussion of the challenges, achievements and lessons learned in efforts to attain gender equality it contributes to research ...
With 30.4 percent women in its National Assembly since the 2005 election, Tanzania has reached the highest percentage of women in parliament ever achieved under a majoritarian electoral system (IPU 2006). Cases Compared: Party-based ...
This chapter takes as a given the global objective of realizing respect for women's rights and gender equality.1 The issue under examination is not the goal, but rather the means of achieving that Greenberg: Women's Rights Advocacy 27.