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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... considered “grassroots politicians” because they were likely to know well the problems of women and children at the local level, and were considered more likely to represent “women in particular.” In Tanzania and Uganda there is a ...
... considered second-class citizens (while at the same time at least some consider women's interests their special mandate). With party-based quota systems as used in southern Africa there are no such distinctions; indeed no MPs—male or ...
... considered more favorable toward women because under them political parties seek to compose inclusive party lists that will attract as many voters as possible. (With plurality-majority systems each party nominates only one candidate in ...
... considered a proper citizen. It took long political struggles for other groups to claim formal citizenship, and their political struggles for equal substantive citizenship and for social citizenship continue (Friedman 2005; Hobson ...
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