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Power, Gender and Social Change in Africa

Edited by Muna Ndulo and Margaret Grieco

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 titledĀ 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.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, 415 pages, ISBN (10) 1-4438-0582-3; ISBN (13) 978-1-4438-0582-7; $75 hard cover