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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... involved outside the government sector in both women's rights advocacy and in gender and development planning. Customary norms that impede women, such as the inability to own or inherit land, coupled with polygamy and low marriage ages ...
... involved as women in that struggle. Women's issues cannot afford to be tokenized or ghettoized. It will take male Presidents, legislators, business people, doctors, farmers, and activists to work alongside women to craft and implement ...
... involved in a conflict that came to an end after 1986, followed by use of some type of quota and membership in the Southern African Development Community. As mentioned, the two other African countries in the top 30 worldwide are Burundi ...
... involved participation in a team of gender and development specialists focused on bilateral assistance within a Women's Legal Rights program. In the midst of efforts to “reinvent government” and to “manage for results,” a team was to ...
... Ghana); Law and Advocacy for Women-Uganda (LAW-Uganda); the Women's Legal Aid Centre in Tanzania; and the Women's Rights and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) in 28 29 30 31 32 Nigeria, recognizing that each has involved 58 Chapter Two.