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.
... important about these global efforts is the increasing emphasis placed on women's rights being at the core of any strategy to achieve equality between women and men, in other words, prioritizing the strategic over the practical.
This chapter takes as a given the global objective of realizing respect for women's rights and gender equality.1 The issue under examination is not the goal, but rather the means of achieving that Greenberg: Women's Rights Advocacy 27.
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 ...
... or the only tool, for achieving de facto respect for women's rights in Africa at the national and local levels?5 Targeted women's rights advocacy is one approach, while seeking opportunities to promote new roles, the allocation of ...
... of that latitude and agency, donors and advisors need to be freed of assumptions and paradigms that inadvertently narrow the range of possibilities and effectively limit progress toward the shared goal of achieving gender equality.