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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I was delighted to be the keynote speaker at the event that generated the
chapters of this book—the April, 2006 conference on Power, Gender, and Social
Change in Africa. Institute Director and volume editor Muna Ndulo and co-editor ...
Chapter three, while taking a case study perspective, discusses political
leadership and social transformation. Chapter four examines gender and its
importance in the development process by looking at the economic roots of
African women's ...
The analysis for this chapter stems from cautions regarding the lure of liberal
legalist assumptions, and the privileging of lawyers' guidance. This chapter is an
attempt to apply some of the concepts of “law and development,” primarily the ...
Structure of the Chapter The chapter is presented in four parts. The first situates
the problem professionally, noting where the issues are not only programmatic
but also disciplinary as they arise from the roles played by lawyers engaged in
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