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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Annonciata Mukamugema of Rwanda has played a leadership role with AVEGA, the widow's network in a country still coping with the ravaging effects of the 1994 genocide. She has been given the African Women of Empowerment Project Award.
First Impressions 124 (2009), available at: http://www.michiganlawreview.org/first impressions/vol107/wing&nielson.pdf; Adrien Katherine Wing, “Race Across Boundaries: the South African Constitution Role Models for the U.S.,” 24 Harvard ...
These conflicts—and the roles women played in them at home and abroad—contributed to an available cadre of capable ... variety of international forums such as the United Nations conferences on women), has also played a significant role.
In Namibia a small number of women members of the Constituent Assembly played a key role in shaping Namibia's gender-progressive constitution, and one woman MP was largely responsible for the adoption of a gender quota for local ...
Women's groups took a leading role in the post-genocide period, helping Rwandans to reconstruct their lives. Over time they experienced growing public influence which they were able to translate into political power (Longman 2006, 138).