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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Adrien K. Wing The problems facing African women in the twenty-first century are daunting. 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 need for multifaceted solutions for the multifaceted problems. More African women must have the opportunity to become nationbuilders as well as world-builders. Those women who are already doing so, such as those mentioned above, ...
A vibrant academic sector for women can create the space for theorizing about Africa's problems and solutions in ways that are not possible in other areas. Internet resources can make massive collections of data available in Burundi.
This book proceeds on the assumption that academia matters when it comes to knowledge and analytical skills in addressing societal problems. Issues such as the ones dealt with in this book recognize the importance of gender in assessing ...