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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... versus norms of cultural sensitivity, that an outsider supporting social and economic development should not impose his or her own norms and expectations, but should instead respect local practices, history and objectives.
... ratification of the Additional Protocol on the African Charter on People and Human Rights and the ILO Convention on workers with family responsibility • Women's political, social, health and economic rights promoted and protected ...
... legal model,” meaning a model legal system that looked like that of the United States, and were expecting that it was possible to graft it onto social, economic, cultural and historic contexts that were vastly different from ours.
In some contexts, citizens may regard law as only a tool of oppression, or may deem it an illegitimate irritation and obstacle to “normal” social and economic processes. While it may be somewhat easy to export the language of laws, ...
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