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 .
The final chapter, fifteen, looks at how conflict and its attendant effects— displacement and violence—impact on women. This book will have achieved its purpose if through its discussion of the challenges, achievements and lessons ...
All have experienced a political transition following a period of prolonged conflict in the past twenty years (civil war, liberation struggle, genocide, guerilla insurgency). These conflicts—and the roles women played in them at home ...
... Namibia and South Africa all emerged from conflict situations in the early 1990s—Mozambique from decades of civil ... Africa.5 In all three cases women were part and parcel of the conflicts (Urdang 1989, Becker 1995, Britton 2005).
In these cases too, it has been argued, women's enhanced participation in the political process in the post-conflict and post-transition period stems in part from their participation in the conflicts. In Uganda, with already-existing ...