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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In all cases then, strong national women's movements and traditions of political advocacy and mobilization are necessary to counter the influence and power of political parties, whether women are elected on party lists or in special ...
... while only 54 percent of women MPs found them to be very important (Schwartz 2004, 43). CHAPTER TWO WOMEN'S RIGHTS ADVOCACY VERSUS GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMING: Bauer: Electoral Gender Quotas in Eastern and Southern Africa 25.
Marcia Greenberg Challenging the Accepted Approach The primary purpose of this chapter is to apply some analytical tools from the fields of law and development to assess common practices of women's rights advocacy.
This chapter is an attempt to apply some of the concepts of “law and development,” primarily the domain of lawyers, to international experiences in women's rights, often undertaken by advocates not guided by or rooted in western ...
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 ...