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.
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A number of conventions and declarations have been adopted over the years to deal with such issues: the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women,2 the 1993 International Conference on Human Rights in ...
New forms of gender violence, such as human trafficking, are on the rise. HIV/AIDS, the pandemic which more than any other has preyed on the gender disparities in Africa, is negatively impacting on positive gains made.
Convention for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, adopted by the UN General Assembly 1979. 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, June 14–15, 1993, Vienna, Austria. Secretary General's Report, 2006, ...
Indeed, gender-based electoral quotas may take different forms. In Africa they have largely been of two kinds: reserved or appointed seats intended to determine at least a minimum number of seats to be held by women, or measures adopted ...