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|Title: ||Gender policies in Uganda: the thorny road to gender equality|
|Authors: ||Mugambe, Mpiima David|
|Keywords: ||Gender policies|
|Issue Date: ||13-Jul-2009 |
|Abstract: ||The concept of gender provides an analytical framework that does not focus on women but on the processes that recreate and reinforce inequalities between women and men. Gender inequalities between women and men are not only a cost to women but to society as a whole and must be regarded as societal issues rather than as ‘women’s concerns’. It is widely recognised that gender inequality is not about women’s lack of integration in society or lack of skills, credit and resources, but the social processes and institutions that produce inequalities. It is not a matter of ‘adding women’ into existing processes and programmes, but of reshaping them to reflect the vision, interests and needs of both men and women to produce gender-equitable outcomes.
Despite the fact that the Uganda’s policy framework shows a strong commitment towards reducing gender inequalities as is evident in the 1995 constitution, the National Gender Policy, the Land Act, the National development policy the (PEAP) Poverty Eradication Action Plan and the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development as well as other gender desks in other ministries and lower local government, there is some disunity laxity in approach to gender mainstreaming as is the case in other African countries. There are inter-sectoral as well as intra-sectoral differences in gender mainstreaming. These arise from a misguided view that gender concerns are a western feminist agenda; the poor communication between specialists within donor bodies and sector specific specialists, and the continuing focus on project work perpetuating different strategies. These gender disparities are an impediment to effective implementation of gender responsive policies in Uganda. Nonetheless, the extent to which gender mainstreaming has been implemented in various sectoral policies, programmes and projects is not clearly documented and this is going to be the purpose of the study. This study focuses mainly on four areas; political participation, education, health as well as law and justice.|
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