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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... Blair, established the Commission for Africa. The 17 members of the Commission published their report “Our Common Interest” in March 2005. 4 5 6 7 8 'In Larger Freedom': Towards Development, Security and Human Rights 4 Introduction.
... interest in formal politics and political institutions among African women's movements. Shireen Hassim and Sheila Meintjes (2005, 4) argue that efforts to break down the barriers to women's equal political participation “signal that ...
... interests in a one-party regime (Meena 2004, 8283). Since the political transition in the early 1990s Tanzania has continued to set aside seats for women; 15 percent of parliamentary seats were reserved in 1995, increased to 20 percent ...
... interests are served by the women in reserved seats. As Meena (2004, 85) asks, “When women and gender-related issues are in conflict with the party interest, what position will these women [in reserved seats] take?” A concern expressed ...
... interests “important duties” and therefore, she concludes, the use of the gender quota has “contributed to the presence of MPs with a strong commitment to representing women.”16 Further, according to Longman (2006), women MPs in Rwanda ...