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 ...
... Publications Act that provides protections against the degradation of women and children, and the 1998 Domestic Violence Act that increases the legal and institutional protection for victims of domestic violence, among many others.
Programs have also evolved to use not just modern media, but theater; to include men in organizing and marching against violence (see, e.g. South Africa), and to focus legal literacy beyond individual awareness to group awareness and ...
... Domestic Relations Bill and the Domestic Violence Act • Key expected outputs/outcomes of the Policy Advocacy program include: • • • Women's concerns incorporated into laws and policies (like the health policy and land policy) An ...
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