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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... fourteen years after the Beijing Conference and well over half-way to the target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals. In relation to the goal of promoting gender equality, the score card does not look good.
Similarly, there is little point in talking about ABC in relation to AIDS when women do not have the choice to abstain. This book contains chapters from an interdisciplinary group of scholars, including sociologists, economists, ...
Chapters eleven and twelve examine gender, human rights, customary law and the impact of traditional values on gender relations. Women face some of the greatest challenges in the labor and production sectors.
... Domestic Relations Bill and the Domestic Violence Act • Key expected outputs/outcomes of the Policy Advocacy program include: • • • Women's concerns incorporated into laws and policies (like the health policy and land policy) An ...
In fact, much work in South Africa has gone into building such capacity—in relation to, for example, cases of violence against women.32 For a 1992 volume on women's legal literacy, Akua Kuenyehia of Ghana wrote a piece explaining the ...