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.
For example, underdevelopment is not a singular concern, but reflective of the overlap of educational, health, economic, and environmental factors. The contributions to this book FOREWORD.
All of this leads to concerns about party paternalism and concerns about women MPs' abilities to push for gender equality ... caucuses that bring together women MPs across party lines have been mooted as one response to this concern.
In Tanzania too, there is concern about the mechanism by which women are elected into reserved seats. For example, the methods by which parties select women to their reserved seats vary and are not necessarily included in party ...
A concern expressed by many women activists in Tanzania is the potential for a two-tiered system of legislators when reserved seats are used to elect the majority of women MPs.
Schwartz (2004, 62) expresses the same concerns about “authoritarian tendencies” in Rwanda. And while Uganda made the transition from a no-party to a multiparty political system in early 2006, in mid-2005 it abolished term limits for ...