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.
Estimates of the effect of Muslim composition (sq. rt. of % Muslims on the female to male ratio; i.e. size of the gender gap, in schooling) ...........................187 Table 9-2. Estimates of the effect of Muslim composition (sq. rt.
Estimate of the effect of Muslim composition on the size of the female to male ratio in secondary schooling (i.e. gender gap), SSA............................................ 201 Table 9-5. Estimates of the effect of Muslim composition ...
The first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, has joined the boys' club of leaders. Courageous human rights advocate Unity Dow augmented the all-male ranks of the Botswana Supreme Court. Baleka Mbete was South African ...
It is the first covenant to explicitly mention abortion, and to call for the legal prohibition of female genital surgery. Thus, Africans did not limit themselves to the contours of what other treaties had already said.
It will take men and women to value the birth of female children as much as that of male children. Finally, great perseverance will be required to advance women beyond token numbers in all the sectors mentioned in this volume.