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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not the goal, but rather the means of achieving that goal: women's rights legal advocacy—particularly in Africa, but with some reflection on how that may reflect on practices here in the United States. The question arises within the ...
For the Diaspora, a call to re-assess the efficacy of an accepted methodology abroad presents an opportunity to reflect on whether those methods have in fact achieved the results promised for African-Americans (and others) in the United ...
... Africa may be helpful in other parts of the world as well; if approaches outside the advocacy model are perceived as effective, this may similarly lead to reconsideration of the role of women's rights advocacy in the United States.
Women's organizations might be empowered, but Americans would still be teaching them “our tricks”, i.e. those that are employed and work (we think) in the United States. The last reflection dates back a full decade.
Some practices and behaviors may not be determined by laws (even in the United States). In Africa, there are historic strata: norms and practices that date back centuries; customary law reflecting interpretations and colonial laws; and, ...