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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By framing the issue as going beyond assessing outputs of public awareness to questions of changing behaviors, the World Bank may have opened the investigation to probe the actual impacts of public awareness.
The projects may not be labeled “women's rights,” but their impact is to accord women greater rights and responsibilities within social and political settings. Lastly, while this is an example in South Asia rather than Africa, ...
5 Others, too, are searching for ways to understand limited impacts and improve results: “[M]ore systematic thinking and ongoing dialogue is urgently needed to clarify the meanings of participation and rights, and related terms of ...
... enforcing structures (e.g. the courts, police, hospitals) have little impact on [domestic violence] abuse unless complemented by cultural changes (personal empowerment, education and the development of critical thinking and skills).
... were not really speaking in “kgotla,” but in religious meetings held in the same space as the real kgotla—the men's kgotla—regardless of the content of those meetings and the women's impact on decisions made in the “real” kgotla.