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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... additive in scope, but multiplicative. For example, underdevelopment is not a singular concern, but reflective of the overlap of educational, health, economic, and environmental factors. The contributions to this book FOREWORD.
Raj Bardouille, Margaret Grieco. health, economic, and environmental factors. The contributions to this book are impressive because taken together, they educate us about the interwoven nature of oppression. Detailing the impoverished ...
... factors accounting for the rise in women's legislative presence. Gretchen Bauer and Hannah E. Britton (2006a), in the introduction to a book based on dozens of interviews with women members of parliament (MPs) in five countries, find ...
... factors cited in the studies above determining whether or not quotas will be adopted—and what types of quotas will be adopted. For purposes of comparison, it is interesting to note that the percentages of women in national parliaments ...
... factor has contributed to the high representation of women; in all three cases the dominant parties have been the ones most willing to slate women candidates and, with their large majorities in parliament, they have significantly raised ...