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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Women in Lower or Single Houses of Parliament in African Countries in Top 35 Worldwide: Pre- and Post-Transition Elections........................................22 Table 2-2. Becoming a Human Rights Advocate Step by Step ...
Annonciata Mukamugema of Rwanda has played a leadership role with AVEGA, the widow's network in a country still coping with the ravaging effects of the 1994 genocide. She has been given the African Women of Empowerment Project Award.
On the constitutional level, I have been deeply honored to work with the founding mothers of two African countries—South Africa and Rwanda. Electoral quota systems discussed herein are one way to jumpstart the kind of participation in ...
Many countries have adopted progressive domestic legal frameworks. Yet women's rights are flouted and women remain the majority of the poor, the unemployed, and the dispossessed. Since their adoption the Millennium Development Goals (or ...
... PARLIAMENT: Comparing Electoral Gender Quotas in Eastern and Southern Africa Gretchen Bauer Introduction During the past fifteen years large numbers of women have entered parliaments in several east and southern African countries.