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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Upon their return many of these women, well versed in feminist theory and praxis from experience overseas and well aware of the pitfalls of national independence from experience elsewhere in Africa, joined forces with women at home to ...
A revision of this chapter was originally published as Bauer, Gretchen: “Fifty/Fifty by 2020” in International Feminist Journal of Politics (2008) vol. 10 no. 3, Taylor & Francis Ltd. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
In some ways, the alternative ways of thinking about the challenges and approaches do not introduce much that is new for those engaged in gender and development or in feminist approaches to social transformation.
... all Forms of Discrimination against Women [CEDAW]), feminists and gender equality advocates now find themselves struggling not only to ensure achievement of Millennium Development Goal #3 on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, ...
In Western politics—perhaps especially in Britain and the U.S.—the “solution” that has been pursued by feminists focused on ... but jostles uncomfortably with the expectations of some feminist theorists and women voters that women ...