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.
Gross and net effects of religion on female-male ratio in schooling, SSA ................ 194 Figure 9-2. Gross and net effects of religion on the sources of the gender gap, SSA. ...........195 Figure 14-1. Movement within and between ...
7 The South African equality clause also covers race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, color, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth. Maybe the U.S. could aim, as South Africa ...
... to change norms and behaviors.12 If the objective is to change discriminatory behavior and practices, such emphasis on laws may lead to excluding other factors—such as education, religion, family norms—that may be more effective.
... women will seek help and judges will work to apply State-generated law without regard to other normative systems. There has been a tendency to downgrade or even ignore non-state forms of legal and social ordering such as religion.
I am afraid that culture and religion are conveniently used as instruments by those who want to subject women to all forms of inequality.22 Thus, while women's organizations might successfully pass laws and train judges, it is possible ...