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Title:Contribution of women in influencing legislation and policy formulation and implementation in Uganda (1995-2005)
Author:Mushemeza, Elijah DickensISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:34
Issue:3-4
Pages:167-206
Language:English
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:gender inequality
health policy
educational policy
legislation
Abstract:This paper on the contribution of women in influencing legislation and policy formulation and implementation in Uganda in the period 1995-2005 is premised on the assumption that there is still much more to be done, though women have made some contributions towards the advancement of gender equality and empowerment. This is because the institution of patriarchy is still strong, and sufficient gender mainstreaming in the determination of policy choices and legislations and how these affect the quality of life for both women and men, particularly in the areas of family, health and education, is still lacking. The paper argues that although the government has been implementing a gender sensitive and responsive constitution, and despite the fact that the number of women participating in politics and governance has been steadily increasing, their participation has not had the desired impact on legislations and policies to make them gender sensitive and responsive to women's rights, interests and needs. The sectors of health, education and family are selected for the analysis because these are areas where women are affected most. The paper proposes policy recommendations on how to scale up women's impact on policies and legislation for gender equality and women's empowerment. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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