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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... Amina Lawal dared challenge an Islamic law that would have resulted in their stoning for being pregnant outside of wedlock. Mamphela Ramphele, who began her career as an anti-apartheid activist, has been a managing director of the ...
They have pushed the envelope in ways that may show a path for other parts of the world. In reviewing the major challenges confronting African women, this book gives us cause for hope in the twenty-first century.
While there has been some progress in raising awareness and challenging gender stereotypes in the media and popular culture, as well as in engaging men as partners, the battle to change the mind-set is still far from won.
Women face some of the greatest challenges in the labor and production sectors. Chapters thirteen and fourteen focus on land rights and agricultural sustainability and women's contributions. The final chapter, fifteen, ...
This prompted speculation that more women might be persuaded in the future to run for the directly elected seats, although the challenges of doing so remain many (Muhumuza 2006). At the same time, many problems with the reserved seat ...