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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not the goal, but rather the means of achieving that goal: women's rights legal
advocacy—particularly in Africa, but with some reflection on how that may reflect
on practices here in the United States. The question arises within the “Post-
positive social, economic and political changes in women's lives.4 The question,
therefore, addresses the methods utilized by national and local rights advocates:
Is a law-focused women's rights advocacy the right tool, or the only tool, ...
Clarifying the Term “Women's Rights Advocacy” The focal concern of this chapter
is advocacy initiatives relating to rights. Advocacy may entail efforts to pass new
laws protecting women's rights or to repeal discriminatory ones; it may involve ...
Re-Viewing Women's Rights Advocacy in Africa through a Law and Development
Lens There is some likelihood, therefore, that practitioners' use of women's rights
advocacy is predicated on legal-liberal models, assumes a legal culture or a ...
Might women's rights advocacy assume a liberal legal model? Is it predicated on
legal systems that are not the current, nor perhaps the future, legal frameworks in
some areas of Africa? Might the advocacy part of women's rights advocacy ...