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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Becoming a Human Rights Advocate Step by Step ..............................................35 Table 8-1. Questions on gender issues: leaving husband or doing things without husband's knowledge .
It will take husbands and fathers as well as wives and mothers to talk to their sons and daughters about gender-based violence. It will take men and women to value the birth of female children as much as that of male children.
... Act that prescribes minimum sentences for rape and places more emphasis on the rights of rape victims, and the 2002 Communal Land Reform Bill that protects women wishing to remain on their land in the event of their husband's death.
... forces with regional women lawyers' groups to support a suit brought by lawyer and activist Unity Dow, challenging the Citizenship Amendment Law on both constitutional and international human rights' grounds. Dow's husband was not a ...
High Court Judge Martin Horwitz's decision, upheld on appeal, explicitly argued that since society had changed, women “can no longer be viewed as being chattels of their husbands,” and the provision against sex discrimination takes ...