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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... the effect of Muslim composition on the size of the female to male ratio in primary schooling (i.e. gender gap), SSA.......................................199 Table 9-4. Estimate of the effect of Muslim composition on LIST OF TABLES.
... primary purpose of this chapter is to apply some analytical tools from the fields of law and development to assess common practices of women's rights advocacy. The initial hypothesis is that generally accepted legalistic approaches for ...
... primary concern is that the liberal legal model fails to take account of cultural differences. Examples taken from African women's organizations show how components of their programs reflect an approach that others have encouraged. Just ...
... primary focus.10 While that was better, it still struck me that it was not good enough. It seemed still that pressures to achieve measurable changes within the funding periods risked distorting the approaches or sacrificing longer-term ...
... primary tool with which to achieve social change. In fact, the advocacy approach may over-credit the power of positive law: presuming a role for state-enacted legislation or a capacity to implement and enforce. Some practices and ...