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.
This book contains chapters from an interdisciplinary group of scholars, including sociologists, economists, political scientists, anthropologists, historians and others to discuss these important issues.
Chapters seven and eight take on the issue of health and gender by looking at maternal mortality and transport, ... models and best practices for engaging the issues of power, gender and social change in Africa and around the world.
As Meena (2004, 85) asks, “When women and gender-related issues are in conflict with the party interest, what position will these women [in reserved seats] take?” A concern expressed by many women activists in Tanzania is the potential ...
Before addressing the issue, a critical distinction must be emphasized: This chapter is not about global advocacy for women's rights. The achievements in Beijing, on the other hand, were most certainly a result of women's rights ...
... economic growth, health issues or natural resource management6—may be another.7 A sub-hypothesis of this chapter is that Americans (and some Europeans) who are either lawyers or are infected by their own legal systems have promoted ...