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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... barriers to women's equal political participation “signal that there is room for women's agency to shape politics, and that formal political rights are an important precondition for advancing equitable social policies” for women.
Schwartz (2004, 43, 62) found for Rwanda that in general women MPs, however elected, were far more likely than men MPs to consider women's interests “important duties” and therefore, she concludes, the use of the gender quota has ...
In a new study, Tripp (forthcoming) finds that the most important factor accounting for high percentages of national-level women legislators is whether the country was involved in a conflict that came to an end after 1986, ...
16 97 percent of women MPs found women's interests to be very important, while only 60 percent of men MPs found women's interests to be very important. Differences between 'quota women' and 'party women'were minimal (100 percent versus ...
... that slowly make their way through the process may be more sustainable. Acknowledging that possibility, the team stressed the importance of building capacity among members of civil society, e.g. Greenberg: Women's Rights Advocacy 31.