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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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 economic ...
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. Placing primary ...
It is possible that the persuasive power of state-enacted laws and the legitimacy
of state laws to set norms are tied to American legal culture but are not
compatible by comparison with the way many Africans establish norms and rules,
The laws do mark two important accomplishments: establishing some statements
of new norms and providing legal recourse for some. Yet recalling the Law and
Development concepts, such foci are limited. First, the programs assume that ...
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