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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207 Part IV: Legal Framework, Human Rights, Conflict, and Economic Empowerment 11. Imagine All the Women Power, Gender and the Transformative ... Women and Inheritance under Customary Law: The Response of the Courts Muna Ndulo .
Chapters eleven and twelve examine gender, human rights, customary law and the impact of traditional values on gender relations. Women face some of the greatest challenges in the labor and production sectors.
... taken credit for the 1996 Married Persons Equality Act that makes women and men equal before the law in marriage, ... bill incorporated a clause that customary practices discriminating against women be declared unconstitutional.
In Africa, there are historic strata: norms and practices that date back centuries; customary law reflecting interpretations and colonial laws; and, more recently, norms and laws promoted by multilateral and bilateral donors.
Legal Culture Around the same time that Trubek and Galanter were publishing their work, Lawrence Friedman and Steward Macaulay ... Some people call in the aid of customary law when it suits them, well aware that such laws are flexible, ...