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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... important collection. I was delighted to be the keynote speaker at the event that generated the chapters of this book—the April, 2006 conference on Power, Gender, and Social Change in Africa. Institute Director and volume editor Muna ...
... participation in the private sector. While microfinance projects are important, more women must reap the benefits of national agribusiness and natural resources development. Why should women xii Power, Gender and Social Change in Africa.
... importance of gender in assessing power relationships, access to resources, wage-based employment, mental and physical health, and adequate nutrition or housing. The importance and timeliness of the issues addressed in this book in the ...
... important about these global efforts is the increasing emphasis placed on women's rights being at the core of any strategy to achieve equality between women and men, in other words, prioritizing the strategic over the practical. Thus ...
... importance in the development process by looking at the economic roots of African women's political participation; Chapter five revisits the issue of mobilization by looking at it through scholarship and gender studies. Chapter six ...