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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not the goal, but rather the means of achieving that goal: women's rights legal advocacy—particularly in Africa, ... World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, was a historic milestone in global efforts for women's rights.
positive social, economic and political changes in women's lives.4 The question, therefore, addresses the methods utilized by national and local rights advocates: Is a law-focused women's rights advocacy the right tool, or the only tool ...
to assess and choose women's rights advocacy or gender mainstreaming options. To ensure the exercise of that latitude and agency, donors and advisors need to be freed of assumptions and paradigms that inadvertently narrow the range of ...
In each case, something about the work or approach just did not seem right, but it was difficult to identify where the problem lay. ... Women's rights advocates had worked on drafting the law and on gaining government support.
Those three sources of reflection have led, therefore, to questions regarding methods of advancing the respect for and enjoyment of women's rights. Might the approach of advocacy be a mechanism that does not operate effectively ...