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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Maternal Mortality and Transport: Africa's Burden Margaret Grieco ......................................................................................... 144 8. Women in Chinsapo, Malawi Vulnerability and Risk of HIV/AIDS Jayati Ghosh ...
Chapters seven and eight take on the issue of health and gender by looking at maternal mortality and transport, and women's vulnerability and risk of AIDS infection. Chapters nine and ten address the issue of education by looking at ...
Second, the legal recourse is limited, as recognized now by many programs, by issues of access—and access depends upon knowledge, economic resources, physical proximity and transportation (among other constraints).
The programs could have been structured within existing gender roles, such as working with women on preparing children and food, and with men on transportation. Instead, the program initiated emergency teams that included women with men ...
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