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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The final chapter, fifteen, looks at how conflict and its attendant effects— displacement and violence—impact on women. This book will have achieved its purpose if through its discussion of the challenges, achievements and lessons ...
... of becoming a ceiling rather than a floor, according to Matland (2006, 189). Activists with the Tanzania Gender Networking Project, for example, fear that in the long term reserved seats could have a “crippling effect 18 Chapter One.
the long term reserved seats could have a “crippling effect because women can become scared to stand on their own in constituencies” (Morna 2004b, 60). More optimistically, women MPs in Tanzania also argue that women who enter the Bunge ...
Whether a right stems from what has been articulated in international agreements or takes effect because a nation has agreed as party to a treaty or covenant, this chapter focuses on advocacy as an accepted means of ensuring the ...
... preclude honest implementation and enforcement of the laws.33 Each illustration of how people within legal institutions undercut the purpose and effect of the law rings true for experience throughout Africa—and elsewhere as well.