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.
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 8 11 African Constitution.
Thus, for example, it is pointless to talk about women's empowerment when women do not have access to land, property and credit. Similarly, there is little point in talking about ABC in relation to AIDS when women do not have the choice ...
Rather than following the example of Scandinavia, where decades of socio-economic development and changes in cultural attitude finally allowed large numbers of women to enter the national legislature, women around the world are using a ...
For example, she cites one critic of the system who argues that “women MPs cannot legitimately speak on behalf of their constituents if they only represent the views of the electoral college” that elected them. Others critics argue that ...