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Title:Leveling the Playing Field: Social Policy and Gender Issues in Southern Africa
Author:Mvududu, Sara
Periodical:SAFERE: Southern African Feminist Review (ISSN 1024-9451)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:gender relations
Gender equality
social policy
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/safere/article/view/23929
Abstract:Persistent gender disparities hamper economic efficiency growth and development in general and, taking the example of southern Africa, the author attempts to show that the gendered bases of inequity are powerful and pervasive. In many countries in the region women are excluded from social, economic, and political processes. Cogently they lack many of the skills they would require were they to want to participate and to introduce change-oriented strategies. Relevant training and capacity-building skills must be an essential part of any programme designed to bolster the individual and organizational capacities of women. At the national and international level, there must be modifications of the legal framework to eliminate discrimination and equalize opportunities for women. A gender analysis of institutions is essential to understanding the links between gender, poverty, and governance. Development cooperation efforts to support gendered governance for poverty reduction must take cognizance of the new forms of organizing networks and alliance building in which women are engaged. Poverty reduction requires greater focus on the effectiveness and impact of aspects of gender accountability. Bibliogr., sum. notes [ASC Leiden abstract]