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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In South Africa women MPs have similarly provided the leadership for a range of
legislative acts: the 1996 Choice on the Termination of Pregnancy Act that
extends the right to abortion on demand to all women, the 1996 Films and
Further, this chapter recognizes an expansive understanding of women's rights
advocacy developed by Marge Schuler:14 1) Naming or defining a right, 2)
Lobbying for legislation that recognizes and protects that right, and 3) Ongoing ...
Focusing on laws and legislative frameworks Often a first step for women's rights
advocates is to assess and address the “legislative frameworks,” nearly always
referencing the laws of national governments. Thus, for example, the National ...
“Advocacy” is widely regarded as a critical means of educating the public,
protesting policies, holding government accountable, and pressuring for new
legislation. There are many examples among organizations focused on whole
ranges of ...
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