Gender and the Land Reform Process in Uganda: Assessing Gains and Losses for Women in Uganda

August 2004
Margaret Rugadya, Esther Obaikol, Herbert Kamusiime (Associates for Development, Land Research Series No. 2)

Land in Uganda is the core factor of production and one of the three basic resources, next to people and time. Women’s struggle for gender balance with particular regard to land is a direct result of the fact that their central role in economic development has not been recognised; tradition and customs (such as polygamy, bride wealth and succession) have deprived them of actual ownership of land. The thrust is to explore the gains and losses for women, after the flurry of action that civil society and other actors engaged in during the land reform process to ensure that gender rights are recognised.