Power, Gender and Social Change in Africa
Raj Bardouille, Margaret Grieco
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 M03 26 - 359 pages
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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... communities. If we listen to African women's voices and needs as portrayed directly and indirectly in this book, we can gain information suitable to working together with them, rather than merely on their behalf. “Spirit warming” can ...
... communities, nations ... and “best” means achieving broad-based, sustainable changes in attitudes and behaviors among urban and rural men and women, young and old. Thus it is the “how” that introduces the questions and concepts of “law ...
... affect behavior and attitudes—to counter or have greater sway than other normative sources—of diverse nations and communities of Africans. Re-Viewing Women's Rights Advocacy in Africa through a Law and 40 Chapter Two.
... communities are now seeking to work with the men to change their behaviors—and not just threatening them with legal or judicial sanctions. Strengthening the advocacy skills of civil society organizations Another common Greenberg ...
... communities and nations.36 A GAD perspective should mean more than “men as well as women,” or even women along with men; it should seek to achieve gender equality by recognizing how women and men relate to one another. This, in turn ...