Power, Gender and Social Change in Africa
Raj Bardouille, Margaret Grieco
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 M03 26 - 359 pages
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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... ........................317 Table 14-3. NGAE Members Interviewed by Business Position and Business Acquisition...318 LIST OF FIGURES Figure 8-1. Location of Chinsapo on the viii Power, Gender and Social Change in Africa.
... positions in all three branches is a necessary piece of the development puzzle. Additionally, more women must become involved outside the government sector in both women's rights advocacy and in gender and development planning ...
... positions of political power and decision-making by 2005 (with a clear emphasis on national legislatures). The four countries that met or nearly met the SADC target (included among the six below) all use some kind of voluntary party ...
... positions in government (Tripp 2006, 112). Sylvia Tamale (1999) argues that President Yoweri Museveni was receptive to women's increased participation in politics in part because of their participation in the armed struggle that brought ...
... position will these women [in reserved seats] take?” A concern expressed by many women activists in Tanzania is the potential for a two-tiered system of legislators when reserved seats are used to elect the majority of women MPs ...