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Title:Women's Mobilization in Uganda: Nonracial Ideologies in European-African-Asian Encounters, 1945-1962
Author:Tripp, Aili M.ISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:race relations
women's organizations
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3097553
Abstract:The current women's movement in Uganda is one of the most politically powerful social movements in Africa today. Some of the reasons for this lie in the earlier efforts at women's mobilization in the 1950s and 1960s. This article examines women's mobilization in Uganda from 1945 to 1962, in particular interactions between African, British and Asian women who sought to advance the status of women. It shows that racist ideologies were actively challenged by women's mobilization across racial lines in ways that were less evident in men's associations at the time. Women's organizations prided themselves on their efforts to minimize the importance of religion, race, ethnicity and political affiliation so that these would not stand in the way of their efforts to form a pressure group. The Uganda Council of Women (UCW) exemplifies this trend. One reason these interracial linkages were formed in ways less evident in other parts of Africa was the fact that a group of African women leaders had comparable education to the European women in Uganda at the time. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]