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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... respect the knowledge gleaned from the text of each author, we may be able to learn some lessons applicable for western society as well. For example, the U.S. has much to learn from the South African experience described in Professor ...
... respect for human rights.” In other words, gender equality is intrinsic to security and development. Unless women are able to exercise their human rights freely in societies in which they live, true development will not take place. As a ...
... respect of women's rights may be rooted in expectations that do not hold true in all contexts. This chapter explores how women's rights programs typically rely on activities grounded in liberal legal assumptions. The alternative, it ...
... chapter takes as a given the global objective of realizing respect for women's rights and gender equality.1 The issue under examination is not the goal, but rather the means of achieving that Greenberg: Women's Rights Advocacy 27.
... respecting women's rights were perhaps unanticipated and certainly unparalleled. International endorsement of the ... respect for women's rights and gender equality at the national level. This is about women's rights activists working ...