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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Detailing the impoverished status of African women's existence can be extraordinarily depressing. ... We forget that wonderful South African saying which is also the name of a modern play, “You strike the woman, you strike the rock.
In my own work, I have illustrated how Africa has made a critical contribution to the development of women's rights 9 by devising the Women's Protocol10 of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights. The Banjul Charter's protocol ...
Women face some of the greatest challenges in the labor and production sectors. Chapters thirteen and fourteen focus on land rights and agricultural sustainability and women's contributions. The final chapter, fifteen, ...
CHAPTER ONE TAKING THE FAST TRACK TO PARLIAMENT: Comparing Electoral Gender Quotas in Eastern and Southern Africa Gretchen Bauer Introduction During the past fifteen years large numbers of women have entered parliaments in several east ...
women. Bringing African women into national legislatures in significant numbers is one part of this effort. A few recent studies have examined this phenomenon of increasing numbers of women in several African parliaments.