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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Dominant-party systems make gender quotas “politically cheap (and therefore politically saleable)” in that “extending a quota to women does mean that some men will not get onto party lists, but with sufficient power a dominant party can ...
She observes that some have attributed the quota to pressure from women's organizations while others such as Elisabeth Powley (2004) have argued that “the government could be using the inclusion of women and youth as a means of ...
This chapter takes as a given the global objective of realizing respect for women's rights and gender equality.1 The issue under examination is not the goal, but rather the means of achieving that Greenberg: Women's Rights Advocacy 27.
not the goal, but rather the means of achieving that goal: women's rights legal advocacy—particularly in Africa, but with some reflection on how that may reflect on practices here in the United States. The question arises within the ...