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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... regional treaty devoted specifically to women's rights. It is the first covenant to explicitly mention abortion, and to call for the legal prohibition of female genital surgery. Thus, Africans did not limit themselves to the contours of ...
... regional and world averages of about 17 percent women in a single or lower house of parliament (www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm). This development is part of a global trend whereby women are using gender-based electoral quotas to take a ...
... implementation and practices. 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.
... Regional women's rights conventions, especially tracking CEDAW • Advocacy for the ratification of international and regional conventions • Gender Audit of laws and key policies and instruments relating to women Advocacy for the ...
... regional organizations, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) and Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA). These organizations' legal programs, while sometimes introducing context-driven innovations, tend to parallel those of ...