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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The conference would not have been possible without the hard work of IAD staff
Jackie Sayegh, Program Manager, and Alexis Boyce, Assistant Program
Coordinator. They handled the logistics of the conference efficiently, with
patience and ...
Yet as Lisa VeneKlasen and her colleagues have articulated, many rights
advocacy programs also entail risks: “[P]eople understand rights in different ways
. The concept often conjures up the image of a legalistic approach that is more ...
Such programs are valuable as mechanisms for government accountability and
transparency. In addition, however, they engage men and women in processes
that build the visibility and effectiveness of women, bridge the power differentials,
27 They include a program of the Asia Foundation in the 1990s, the Global
Women in Politics (GWIP) program; the Women's Legal Rights Initiative (WLRI)
implemented by Chemonics International, along with the Center for Development
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