Continent of Mothers, Continent of Hope: Understanding and Promoting Development in Africa Today

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Cutting through the Western media's stereotype picture of Africa as a continent wracked only by civil conflict and AIDS, Torild Skard has written an engrossing introduction to a continent in change. Based on her extensive travels through the region, Skard combines eyewitness accounts, lively description and deeply informed insight to portray the human reality of Africa today. With honesty, cultural sensitivity, and a commitment especially to women, she frankly describes the social, health, and other problems ...

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Overview

Cutting through the Western media's stereotype picture of Africa as a continent wracked only by civil conflict and AIDS, Torild Skard has written an engrossing introduction to a continent in change. Based on her extensive travels through the region, Skard combines eyewitness accounts, lively description and deeply informed insight to portray the human reality of Africa today. With honesty, cultural sensitivity, and a commitment especially to women, she frankly describes the social, health, and other problems experienced by its people, but also the sources of hope for the future represented by courageous individuals, community-level projects, and programs being implemented in the region.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781842771068
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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Torild Skard is a senior researcher in women’s studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo and is a former member of parliament and the first woman president of the Norwegian Upper House, among many other appointments.

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Table of Contents

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1 'Bereavement - What Do We Mean by Bereavement?' 1
2 Out in the Unknown with UNICEF 4
3 Betrayed, Bereaved and Brutalized: The Merciless Realities of War 16
4 Concealed Calamity: Stopping the Ravages of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic 30
5 An Exploding Agenda: Chasing Childhood Killer Diseases 41
6 Mysterious Modern Medicine Men: Towards the Goal of Health for All 52
7 Motherhood and Martyrdom: Breaking Centuries of Silence and Neglect 65
8 Searching for the Excluded from School: Experiments with New Forms of Education, Particularly for Girls 77
9 The Lost Children: Ruthless Exploitation of the Weakest 94
10 Dangerous Food and Drink: Progress with Simple Means 103
11 From Emperors of the Desert to the White Man's Yoke: Centuries of History with Greatness and Humiliation 124
12 Poor Amid the Riches: Hard Work with a Meagre Outcome 139
13 Democracy in Khaki: Western Models and African Realities 153
14 Queen Mothers and Market Women: Modernization with Regard to Discrimination against Women 168
15 Where the Masks Speak: Undervalued Traditional Culture 183
16 Between Village and Metropolis: Mixture of Traditional and Modern 199
17 Our Beloved Africa: Is a Renaissance Possible? 215
18 Hidden Hope: The World's Least-touched
Resources 227
Appendix 239
Select Bibliography 242
Index 251
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