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.
207 Part IV: Legal Framework, Human Rights, Conflict, and Economic Empowerment 11. Imagine All the Women Power, Gender and the Transformative Possibilities of the South African Constitution Penelope E. Andrews .
For example, the U.S. has much to learn from the South African experience described in Professor Andrews' chapter Imagine All the Women: Power, Gender and Transformative Possibilities of the South African Constitution.
African Constitution. Perhaps one day, the U.S. will have ... On the constitutional level, I have been deeply honored to work with the founding mothers of two African countries—South Africa and Rwanda. Electoral quota systems discussed ...
4See Adrien Katherine Wing & Richard Johnson, The Promise of the PostGenocide Constitution: Healing Rwandan Spirit Injuries, 7 Mich. J. Race & L. 247, 289 (2002). 5See Adrien Katherine Wing, Introduction to Global Critical Race ...
Moreover, during the political transitions in the post-conflict period, women activists and their organizations inserted themselves into the processes of crafting new constitutions and drafting new laws that provided the legal ...