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.
As has been the case for centuries, they continue to be suppressed in reactionary patriarchal cultures that limit their ability to thrive in both the public and private sectors. The global economic crisis is only the latest in the ...
As a result the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender policies, programs and activities continue to elude those charged with the responsibility of accounting to the public as the gap between policy and practice ...
Chapter six continues the debate on mobilization and scholarship. Chapters seven and eight take on the issue of health and gender by looking at maternal mortality and transport, and women's vulnerability and risk of AIDS infection.
As a consequence, Matembe continues, women activists and politicians are unwilling to interrogate or challenge President Museveni and his government. Moreover, an increasingly authoritarian political climate in Rwanda is further ...
Placing primary attention on state-enacted laws tends to ignore the fact that people can always continue practices despite laws (such as in rural areas where there is little awareness of, or compliance with, the laws).