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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According to a recent World Bank report, Engendering Development through
Gender Equality in Rights, Resources, and Voice,1 careful attention must be
given in several critical areas. Central to this discussion is the fact that enormous
What do you have to do to get multilateralism to embrace even the simplest
element of gender equality: the element called parity?” He said he was reminded
by extension of the Commission on Africa appointed by the British Prime Minister
... and development agreements in Cairo, and the gender equality agreements in
Beijing, to the Millennium Development Goals (“MDGs”) has taken focus away
from the express women's rights targets of the Platform. Rather than seeking on a
Further, if there is clarity of purpose in recognizing that the goal is not a legalistic
one of women's rights, but instead a social one of gender equality, this also shifts
the focus from law to norms and behavior. Once the true goal is gender equality ...
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