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.
Chapters thirteen and fourteen focus on land rights and agricultural sustainability and women's contributions. The final chapter, fifteen, looks at how conflict and its attendant effects— displacement and violence—impact on women.
Second, the focus was particularly “legalistic”—ignoring in many ways some fundamental lessons of development, such as being needs-driven, seeking to build capacity, and concerns for sustainability. Third, and most importantly, ...
... the population and development agreements in Cairo, and the gender equality agreements in Beijing, to the Millennium Development Goals (“MDGs”) has taken focus away from the express women's rights targets of the Platform.
Yet problems may arise when new laws become the primary focus.10 While that was better, it still struck me that it was not good enough. It seemed still that pressures to achieve measurable changes within the funding periods risked ...
The focus on advocacy—building individual and organizational capacity—may be a heavily legalistic approach that is particularly suited to the context of the United States but is oddly out of place elsewhere.