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 participation in the private sector. While microfinance projects are important, ...
Gender-based violence cannot be reduced unless every culture around the world combats cultural norms and teaches that violence is not an acceptable way to deal with loved ones. Just as you would not want someone to hurt your mother or ...
This is about translating international and regional declarations of norms, treaties, covenants or protocols into positive social, economic and political changes in women's lives.4 The 28 Chapter Two.
A potential clash of norms arose: norms of an American, politically liberal woman, that women are equal to men and that their rights ought to be respected, versus norms of cultural sensitivity, that an outsider supporting social and ...
In Africa, there are historic strata: norms and practices that date back centuries; customary law reflecting interpretations and colonial laws; and, more recently, norms and laws promoted by multilateral and bilateral donors.