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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Such indicators raised concerns, however, in that they created pressure to get results in legislatures—which in the worst cases would mean that US NGO-implementing partners might feel compelled to lobby in foreign legislatures for new ...
Rather, the question has become: How does one achieve respect for women's rights within culture? I wonder about how the means, effectiveness and sustainability depend on understanding and reflecting tradition and culture.
The issue is how best to achieve dignity and equal opportunities for women within families, communities, nations ... and “best” means achieving broad-based, sustainable changes in attitudes and behaviors among urban and rural men and ...
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 ...
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