Gender and the Law in Uganda

The main aim of this project is to develop a resource that moves legal education away from the conventional teaching of the law which focuses on the black letter of the law and perpetuates the hierarchical, decontextualized understanding of the law. Patterns of patriarchy, classism, heterosexism, ableism and other forms of discrimination continue to be a significant social reality in Uganda with the backing of the law.  Specifically, the textbook will provide a good basic overview of how gender interacts with the law to perpetuate women’s subordinate status.  It will also reveal the positive aspects of the law in enhancing women’s socio-economic and political lives.  The book will retrace the historical and contextual developments of the law as it affects Ugandan women.  In so doing, the textbook will unlock the out-of-sight connections between the patriarchal-capitalist system and principal legal doctrines.  Such a book would facilitate students’ critical thinking skills and serve as a useful text for any course on Women, Law and Gender Studies.

Project leader(s):
  • Sylvia Tamale (School of Law, Makerere University)

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