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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... African Studies Association Association for Women's Rights in Development
Organization for women's human rights in Nigeria Botswana Democratic Party
Black Feminist Anthropology Central African Republic Convention on the
Legislative Drafting for Democratic Social Change: A Manual for Drafters, Ann
Seidman, Robert B. Seidman and Nalin Abeysekere, Kluwer Law International (
2001). 26 The multilateral example of the World Bank's project on Women and
gendered political subjects when they are constituted as democratic citizens with
rights...(2005: 24) It is also important to understand the ways in which women's
rights organizations become part of a liberal democratic “gender industry” and ...
... and I would argue that when that tradition is combined with appeals to
women's rights based on feminist appropriations of liberal democratic traditions,
women can enter male-gendered political spaces as “equal rights powerful
But both Tswana and liberal democratic traditions offer leverage against male
political dominance. Liberal democracy's discourse of equal rights can be used
by women against the liberal democratic constructions that exclude them.