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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Customary norms that impede women, such as the inability to own or inherit land, coupled with polygamy and low marriage ages, must be tackled to permit ...
In Namibia, women MPs have taken credit for the 1996 Married Persons Equality Act that makes women and men equal before the law in marriage, ...
... the Moroccan government adopted the landmark Family Law supporting women's equality and granting them new rights in marriage and divorce.
... would help them find more effective ways to lobby for legal reform in the area of wills and inheritance, marriage, divorce, citizenship and affiliation.
... they were married to non-citizens, but allowed male citizens to do so.6 Provoked into action, a small group of women professionals formed Emang Basadi!