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Title:Uganda: pastoral conflict & gender relations
Author:Mkutu, Kennedy AgadeISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:gender relations
small arms
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240802194133
Abstract:This article uses testimonials from women and men to ask how, in the last four decades, pastoral gender relations among the Karimojong of Uganda are configured, how they are being altered in the context of armed conflict - including violent cattle raiding -, and how pastoralists are coping with the fact that, as a result, their livelihoods are becoming increasingly unsustainable. In addition, the status of both men and women as defined by marriage is declining as marriage is dependent upon a diminishing cattle economy. It is here that women are being required to take on new roles for their survival and the survival of the family, including making decisions about acquiring guns and ammunition, and branching out into alternative livelihoods. Men are gaining power over women in some respects because they remain the owners of weapons, but conflict has also created space for women to gain independence and status. The article considers the benefits of this situation for women, but also notes the new risks to their physical and mental health. It then argues that in turn there are both positive and negative aspects for the whole family and the stability and sustainability of the Karimojong society as a whole. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [Journal abstract]